HA! - Not really; I just liked the sound of that title. ;-)
[One of our regular posters here was feeling feisty one day and inferred (on another thread) that some of our musical tastes and preferences were "smug, pretentious and condescending." So instead of taking offense, I decided to include those adjectives tongue-in-cheek into the title of a thread about music that I really love!]
Purpose of this discussion thread:
I guess I could have put this thread over in the Jazz Forum, but while many jazz purists over there would probably view jazz/rock fusion as an abomination of their idiom, I'm hoping that most rockers see it as I do: a thrilling, energetic display of technical proficiency played by experts on their respective instruments, with more power than straight-ahead jazz, but trickier terrain than your average rock anthem.
I'd LOVE to hear what other people out there are listening to in this vein.
I'll start out by listing some of my favorite fusion groups since the late 60's (when Miles Davis basically started the genre):
Earlier bands: Return to Forever, Brand X, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jean-Luc Ponty, Weather Report, Allan Holdsworth, Kenso.
More recent bands: Niacin, Jonas Hellborg, KBB, Ozone Quartet, Tribal Tech, Boud Deun, Helmet of Gnats, Gambale Hamm Smith, CAB.
Hope to hear from some of you.....
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