Jazz Fusion

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An Attempt to Explain

Jazz fusion is a sub-genre of Jazz that takes Jazz and blends it with other styles, particularly Funk, sometimes Rock, Electronic Dance Music, Ska, and occasionally Folk, Heavy Metal, Reggae and Hip Hop.

In the late 1960s, Jazz musicians began to take inspiration from other forms of music, they also started to use other electric instruments, more commonly associated with Rock and these artists also used the rhythms found in Soul as well as Inspiration from Rhythm and Blues. At the same time, some rock artists began adding Jazz elements to their music.

The 1970s were the most notable decade for this, but the style has been well represented for many decades. Rather than being an identifiable musical genre, fusion can be seen as an approach or an attitude to a piece of music. Some Progressive Rock is sometimes labeled as fusion.

Sadly fusion music generally receives little radio airplay in the USA, maybe down to its complexity and frequently extended track lengths, European radio stations tend to be friendlier to this genre, and it has a huge following in Japan and South America.

Some Artists


Billy Cobham (Jazz-Funk

Brand X (Jazz)

Chick Corea

Frank Zappa (Rock, Avant-Garde)

Herbie Hancock

Jean-Luc Ponty (Jazz)

John McLaughlin (Rock)

Jaco Pastorius (Jazz-Funk)

Miles Davis (Jazz, Rap, Avant-Garde).

The Mahavishnu Orchestra (Rock, Jazz)


Pat Metheny Group (Jazz, World Music)

Return to Forever (Latin-Jazz)

Soft Machine (Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Jazz)

Stanley Clarke (Pop, Rock)

Wayne Shorter (Jazz)

Weather Report