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  Jazz fusion
Jazz fusion (sometimes referred to simply as fusion) is a musical genre that loosely encompasses the merging of jazz with other styles, particularly rock, funk, R&B, and world music.
Jazz artists, in the wake of developments in pop music, also began using the recording studio, with improved editing, multitrack recording, and electronic effects capability, as a adjunct to actual composition and improvisation.
While jazz fusion is sometimes lampooned as being pretentious and overcomplicated - not unlike its cousin, progressive rock (rock meets classical music) - it has helped to break down boundaries between different genres and led to developments such as acid jazz.
www.jahsonic.com /JazzFusion.html   (1164 words)

 Understanding Jazz: What is Jazz?
There are many types and styles of jazz and as we get further and further away from the beginnings of jazz, many elements fuse together to add to the confusion.
Jazz was more of a separate entity years ago, but now we have jazz-rock, latin jazz, acid jazz, fusion and several others.
Remember that jazz is basically a style of music and has a lot of the same characteristics as other music but also treats the basic elements of music in a unique way.
www.kennedy-center.org /programs/jazz/ambassadors/Lesson1.html   (1486 words)

 Jazz Styles: Hybrids And Related Styles: Fusion
The word "fusion" might appear to refer to any combination of distinct styles, and as such, be just another form of postmodernism.
However, among jazz aficianados, the term is almost invariably associated with the combination of jazz and rock that has evolved into a genre of its own.
Of course, since both jazz and rock developed out of the blues, this fusion is really only a rejoining of forms of music that share common ancestors.
www.outsideshore.com /school/music/almanac/html/Jazz_Styles/Hybrids_And_Related_Styles/Fusion.htm   (774 words)

  Jazz History - Jazz Fusion   (Site not responding. Last check: )
"Fusion" has often been described as the melding of jazz with rock styles, although most fusion music initially drew from the rhythmic and harmonic aspects of soul music, particularly the music of James Brown and Sly Stone.
With rock and soul appealing to a younger generation, jazz musicians were torn between following conventional approaches to their music or pursuing the avant garde.
During these years, fusion became increasingly innovative and adventurous, melding the wild energy of rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix with the advanced technical proficiency of the most evolved jazz musicians.
www.vervemusicgroup.com /history.aspx?hid=27   (488 words)

  Lesson Plan 7
Fusion was at the forefront of jazz and went through its most concentrated growth and development from 1969 — 1990.
Fusion is the blending of jazz and rock (hence, the term “fusion,” as in “fusing” together the musical elements of jazz and rock).
In this way, smooth jazz was able to capitalize on the social and economic trends and, as with the Swing Era, smooth jazz was able to reach a large segment of the population.
www.jazzinamerica.org /lp.asp?LPOrder=7&Grade=5&PageID=235   (475 words)

 All What Jazz? Encarta's Guide to Starting a Jazz Collection - MSN Encarta
Jazz draws on so many different kinds of music that there's no problem finding a niche that suits your style.
Many jazz artists have done takes on the music of the popular American composer and songwriter George Gershwin, who himself rhapsodized in blue.
The main jazz instruments are the saxophone, trumpet, piano, bass, and drums.
encarta.msn.com /encnet/features/guides/default.aspx?Article=allwhatjazz   (779 words)

 Lesson Plan 7
As with hard bop, cool, and modal jazz, Miles Davis was at the forefront of the fusion movement; one of the most important fusion records in jazz history is his Bitches Brew.
Fusion came into being at the height of the "hippie movement" of the late 60s and early 70s.
Fusion jazz musicians, like their rock brethren, often expressed their dissatisfaction with society through their music.
www.jazzinamerica.org /lp.asp?LPOrder=7&Grade=8&PageID=213   (437 words)

 Jazz fusion Information
Jazz fusion (sometimes referred to simply as fusion) is a musical genre that loosely encompasses the merging of jazz with other styles, particularly rock, funk, RandB, electronic music and world music.
While jazz fusion is criticized in some quarters for being a watering down of more conventional swing-based jazz for pop audiences, and further criticized by others for being pretentious or too concerned with musical virtuosity, it has helped to break down boundaries between different genres and led to developments such as acid jazz.
The influences of avant-garde jazz, progressive and psychedelic rock that were strongly present in the fusion groups of 1970s have long been absent and replaced by lighter jazz-rock sound that often incorporates elements from funk.
www.bookrags.com /wiki/Jazz_fusion   (1769 words)

 CD Baby: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
Jazz fusion from a man well-known in music circles, having played with some of the best of the best.
World jazz fusion of original and traditional Japanese compositions featuring Japanese koto and ethnic hand percussion with jazz bass of flute, acoustic guitar and upright string bass.
Futuristic fusion of jazz, funk, and rock with lots of variety.
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Thus, while progressive rock and fusion are often discussed in isolation from one another, the two styles shared many of the same kinds of aspirations as well as endured similar types of criticism.
In regard to the form of the Whitaker and Watkins tracks, these pieces follow a common fusion practice: after the principal sections of the pieces are performed once or twice through, the remainder of the track consists of soloing over these sections, sometimes with a return to the "head" to conclude.
Fusion artists were enjoying commercial success as well; the Mahavishnu Orchestra's Birds of Fire, for example, rose as high as number 15 on the Top-40 Album chart in 1973.
www.ibiblio.org /johncovach/jazz-rock.htm   (7008 words)

 Jazzitude | History of Jazz Part 8: Fusion
Fusion is a pretty big category, and we've lumped a lot of material together here.
Their first album, Mwandishi was fairly straight-ahead free jazz, but the next two, Crossings and Sextant, incorporated the Moog synthesizer work of Dr Patrick Gleeson, and the combination of the band's ambient spacieness, Hancock's Fender Rhodes, and the Moog make these essential listening for anyone interested in the roots of electronica.
Still, McLaughlin has continued to explore fusion and world elements throughout his career, and the influence of Miles is always somewhere in the mix.
www.jazzitude.com /essential_fusion.htm   (1253 words)

 Managed Services - Integrated Call Accounting with Telemanagement Services - SDD Systems   (Site not responding. Last check: )
JAZZ Fusion combines communications accounting software with the assistance of a world-class team of telecommunications analysts into a single, managed service offering.
Our JAZZ Fusion enables hoteliers to do away with their on-property call accounting system and includes on-going monitoring, analysis and optimization of phone facilities costs, guest revenues and overall profits.
JAZZ Fusion enables hoteliers to strategize, implement and measure telecommunications policies for optimal profit maximizing.
www.sddsystems.com /products_jazz_fusion.html   (141 words)

 The Jazz/Rock Fusion Page:a site is dedicated to Jazz Fusion and related genres with a special emphasis on Jazz/Rock ...
Since its birth in the ragtime of the 1890's, jazz had been undergoing an evolutionary progression characterized by increasing sophistication in the use of harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic concepts that in many ways paralleled the much slower evolution of European classical music.
Jazz had progressed from Dixieland in the century's teens on through swing in the thirties, bebop in the forties, cool, hard bop and modal in the fifties, and finally the free jazz developed by John Coltrane and other avant-garde performers in the early sixties.
This integration was a natural one for both jazz and rock musicians since jazz and rock share many of the same roots: worksongs, the blues, gospel, and rhythm and blues.
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 CANdYRAT Records
Their compositions are grounded in the traditions of jazz, rock and funk and feature complex harmony, odd time signatures, and extended improvisations.
The distinctive music in this release is a speedy fusion of Jazz and Rock, with lightning-fast guitar riffs intermixed with lyrical acoustical passages.
Featuring their classic jazz standard "Birdland", the album is one of the best-sellers in the Columbia jazz catalog.
www.candyrat.com /Fusion.aspx   (1392 words)

 JAZZ Fusion - Managed Software and Services For Enterprise Networks
JAZZ Fusion is software for independent billing and accounting of telephone calls and internet services.
JAZZ Fusion is telemanagement services for auditing and improving network and telecommunications costs, revenues, and operational efficiency.
JAZZ Fusion is a complete, on-demand, software as a service (SaaS) for managing telecommunications across one or many properties and local networks.
www.jazz-fusion.net   (84 words)

 Zeta Music -
Zeta's famous Jazz pickup system delivers a clean, pure violin tone that is favored by artists ranging from jazz great Jean-Luc Ponty to the sensational Vanessa Mae.
A fusion of a traditional lower bout outline with a sweeping modernistic upper bout cutaway, the Jazz Fusion body design facilitates reach to all positions and allows for unlimited neck access.
The Jazz Fusion violin is factory equipped with a set of Zeta steel electric violin strings, specially manufactured for Zeta.
www.zetamusic.com /products/display.asp?id=39   (398 words)

 Fusion Arts - Jazz/Fusion Web Resources - fusion so hot it will scorch your ears!!!
To me, fusion is jazz mixed with rock, that is to say jazz played on electric instruments, perferably with electric guitar being the lead voice since a too-loud distorted guitar is what people associate with rock music.
Fusion's original definition was best: a mixture of jazz improvisation with the power and rhythms of rock, however it may also include a mixture of virtually any style mixed with Jazz including: funk, blues, rock, hip-hop, folk, eastern, African, Cuban, avant-garde, classical, and virtually anything else available to borrow from.
Fusion today struggles as a genre to survive, but every true artist must play what they believe in regardless of public acceptance and due to this, fusion refuses to die.
www.angelfire.com /oh/scotters/fusion.html   (2183 words)

 Jazz Fusion UK - Home
There were other superb DJs in the U.K at that time that were playing upfront Jazz-Funk and Disco-Jazz amongst the latest Disco and Funk releases, but some of what we now consider as classic Jazz-Funk were not made by the artists as dance records, it took these DJs to perceive them as dance records.
Jazz became so popular in the clubs that inevitably Jazz-only nights started appearing around 1980/1981.
Jazz was still being played in most upfront clubs, and in just those few years since Jazz had started being played on the floors of discotheques, many DJs were experimenting with all the various styles from Bossa, Afrobeat, Fusion, Be Bop, R+B, Batucadas, Cu-Bop, Afro Cuban to Blue Note Swing of all tempos.
www.jazzfusion.co.uk   (237 words)

 Hugh Ferguson: Jazz-rock guitar
In the tradition of the great electric fusion guitarists, Hugh Ferguson's tone and technique are similar to the best around, and as each song passes the music seems to expose yet another facet to his playing.
Featured in Guitar Player Magazine in 1982, Hugh soon became a popular jazz fusion guitarist in the Boston area and taught privatly at the Berklee School Of Music.
Jazz Fusion has always been Hugh's passion, so in 2000 Hugh got back to work writing the music he really loves and recorded his first fusion CD "The Jungle".
www.hughferguson.net   (439 words)

 SDD Systems - Voice Strategies
JAZZ Fusion is justifiable using an enterprise return on investment (ROI) calculation
No. JAZZ Fusion supports one or many switches distributed across one or many properties.
JAZZ Fusion also supports one or many users spread across one or many properties.
www.jazz-fusion.net /faq.asp   (508 words)

 Zawinul Online » Ken Burns’ JAZZ—The Fusion Transcripts
And I think the problem with a lot of the fusion music is that it’s extremely predictable, it’s a rock rhythm and the solos all play, the soloists all play the same stuff and they play it over and over again and there’s a certain musical virtuosity involved in it.
Cuscuna: Fusion was very much a dead end and that doesn’t denigrate the music at all, because some of the musicians that got into fusion, especially the Tony Williams Lifetime with Larry Young and John McLaughlin, were astonishing.
As fusion progresses, we see that the musicians desire is not to come up with a jazz sensibility and use things from rock and roll, but it’s to just become a glorified pop musician who can play instrumental music also.
www.zawinulonline.org /articles/ken_burns_fusion_transcripts   (3026 words)

Forty five years after its first introduction, Indo-Jazz fusion is once again ready to strum its way into the hearts of serious music lovers.
Indo-jazz fusion is a genre of music that mixes jazz and Indian classical music to form an exotic blend of both.
It was in the early 60s when modern jazz era legends such as John Coltrane discovered acts like Ravi Shankar and started experimenting with Indian classical music.
www.the-south-asian.com /May-2002/Indo-Jazz.htm   (857 words)

 PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Jazz Lounge - Fusion Style
"Fusion" was named after the blending of jazz with rock (with a more than a dollop of funk thrown in), a mixture that eventually hit a brick wall.
The fact that Miles Davis was the prime instigator was undeniably the major factor in the music's initial appeal.
This is not to imply that it lacks complexity, but at the base of the music is a rhythmically static cycle that would have been an anathema to Davis just a few years earlier.
www.pbs.org /jazz/lounge/listen_fusion.htm   (255 words)

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