Jazz Fusion Sampler

By: Concert Vault

21 songs / 3:05:12

  1. 1 Mahavishnu Orchestra / Birds Of Fire 12:53
  2. 2 Miles Davis / Bitches Brew 09:15
  3. 3 Larry Coryell / Joyride 08:56
  4. 4 Larsen / Feiten Band / Windsong 06:34
  5. 5 The Dixie Dregs / Rock And Roll Park 05:22
  6. 6 Brian Auger's Oblivion Express / Freedom Jazz Dance 05:59
  7. 7 Galactic / Freedom Acid Jazz Dance 13:19
  8. 8 Chicago Transit Authority / Poem 58 10:11
  9. 9 Al Di Meola / Race With The Devil On The Spanish Hig… 09:49
  10. 10 Jean-Luc Ponty / New Country 04:42
  11. 11 Pat Metheny Group / American Garage 04:41
  12. 12 The Headhunters / Daffy's Dance 09:04
  13. 13 King Crimson / Red 05:57
  14. 14 Brand X / Access To Data 10:36
  15. 15 Mingo Lewis / Flight Over Rio 05:26
  16. 16 Return to Forever / Bass Folk Song 13:46
  17. 17 Jeff Beck / Freeway Jam / Definitely Maybe 14:03
  18. 18 Weather Report / Birdland 08:13
  19. 19 Mothers of Invention / Inca Roads / Cruisin' For Bur… 08:47
  20. 20 Go / Man of Leo 10:07
  21. 21 Blood, Sweat and Tears / Out On The Coast 07:32

Prefer your jazz with electricity, thick grooves, and heavy beats? Or do you like your rock to take you to far off places with virtuosic performances, improvised jams, and complex compositions? This playlist offers the best of both worlds with impressive jazz-rock fusion performances heard in their purest form: live.

Many credit Gary Burton with starting the fusion genre with his 1967 album "Duster," which featured Larry Coryell on guitar. But it was Miles Davis' string of albums between 1968 and 1970 that really got things rolling. Experimenting with electric instruments and rock-heavy beats, Davis not only helped define the sound but also mentored musicians who would go forth and repopulate the world of fusion. Chick Corea and Lenny White (Return to Forever), John McLaughlin and Billy Cobham (the Mahavishnu Orchestra), Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter (Weather Report), Tony Williams, Dave Holland, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Airto Moreira, and Dave Holland all played with Miles during those years.

At the same time, jazz crept into the rock side of things, heard in the sounds of artists like Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, Frank Zappa, and Jeff Beck. Though perhaps not generally as adventurous as those from the Miles Davis family tree, these jazz-rockers could certainly keep an audience on their toes with their compositional and improvisational explorations.