Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Rock Revival's Top Best Jazz Fusion Albums of All Time

It's Jazz Fusion week here on Rock Revival and we have to have a list, as we always do. If your wanting to hear the best of the genre (the worst will come in our next post) here's 20 top albums

1 Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)
2 Weather Report - Weather Report (1971)
3 Return to Forever - Light as a Feather (1973)
4 Miles Davis - In a Silent Way (1969)
5 Al Di Meola Elegant Gypsy (1977)
6 Jeff Beck - Blow by Blow (1975)
7 Jaco Pastorius - Jaco Pastorius (1976).
8 Stanley Clarke - School Days (1976)
9 Pat Metheny - Pat Metheny Group (1978)
10 John Mclaughlin- Floating Point (2008)
11 The Tony Williams Lifetime - Emergency! (1969)
12 Miles Davis - Bitches Brew (1970)
13 John Scofield -Blue Matter (1987)
14 Larry Coryell - Spaces (1970)
15 Guthrie Govan - Erotic Cakes (2006)
16 John McLaughlin - My Goal's Beyond (1971)
17 Oregon - Distant Hills (1973)
18 Jean-Luc Ponty - Enigmatic Ocean (1977)
19 Bruford - One Of A Kind (1978).
20 Tribal Tech - Tribal Tech (1991)


Jeff said...

Maybe you can help me out with this considering all this talk about jazz fusion. I'm a big Mars Volta fan and love when they have their little Ornette Coleman-esque sessions. I'm not sure if you listen to them, but are there any bands that you would recomend that mix an Ornette Coleman kind of sound with hard rock and intense guitar solos.

paul said...

great question, by ornette i am assuming you mean a kind of atonal sound, like off the rails, if you mean this well.....hmmmm

frank zappa does it a bit on his lesser known albums

definitely prog rock band from the 70's with allan holdsworth called 'Gong'

mahivishnu orchestra kind of; very intesne guitar from john mclaughlin (they are the masters of this sort of thing)

in pure jazz i reccomend pharoah sanders, the best at this sort of thing although not rock...

hope it helps


Anonymous said...

This is shameful. Billy Cobham's "Spectrum" is nowhere to be found...

paul said...

ght of course, what a great album, forgot about it will have to have a listen

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Anonymous said...

I agree with Paul. Gong, although ultimately manifested into multiple split-off bands (many using the same or similar name), have been overlooked by many for their versatility and musical contribution. Pierre Moerlen's version of Gong, if you will, debuted via "Gazeuse" (known as 'Expresso' in the states. A must for every fusion jazz fan or instrumental prog., and one of many artists who’ve benefited from the talent of Alan Holdsworth.