Jazz Fusion Sampler

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

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.