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 Post subject: 100 Greatest Fusion Artists
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100 Greatest Fusion Artists

Definition: In the late 1960s, jazz musicians began mixing the forms and improvisational techniques of jazz with the electric instruments of rock and the rhythms of soul and rhythm and blues. At the same time, some rock artists began adding jazz elements to their music. Fusion has gone on to often include world music and other elements. At its best, fusion music is often considered to be one of the most inventive, original and virtuosic musical genres.

Criteria: These Fusion Songs were chosen to chosen for their musical vision through their originality, influence, instrumental quality and creative inspiration.

Edited By: Tom M
List Begun 8-29-07

Link: http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_fusion_artists.html

1. Miles Davis - Solo
2. Joe Zawinul - Weather Report, Zawinul Syndicate, Miles Davis, Solo
3. John McLaughlin - Mahavishnu Orchestra, Shakti, Miles Davis, Solo
4. Chick Corea - Return To Forever, Miles Davis, Elektric Band, Solo
5. Tony Williams - Lifetime, Miles Davis, Solo
6. Herbie Hancock - Headhunters, Miles Davis, Solo
7. Wayne Shorter - Weather Report, Miles Davis, Solo
8. Allan Holdsworth - Soft Machine, Soft Works, Solo
9. Billy Cobham - Mahavishnu Orchestra, Dreams, Solo
10. Scott Henderson - Tribal Tech, Zawinul Syndicate, Elektric Band, Solo
11. Carlos Santana - Solo
12. Michael Brecker - Brecker Brothers, Dreams, Joni Mitchell, Solo
13. Larry Coryell - The Eleventh House, Solo
14. Don Ellis - Solo
15. Mike Stern - Miles Davis, Stern/Berg Band, Chroma, Solo
16. Bob Berg - Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Stern/Berg Band, Chroma, Solo
17. Jaco Pastorius - Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, Solo
18. Mike Ratledge - Soft Machine
19. John Scofield - Miles Davis, Solo
20. Mike Mainieri - Steps Ahead, Solo
21. Jack DeJohnette - Miles Davis, Solo
22. Frank Zappa - Solo
23. Pat Metheny - Joni Mitchell, Solo
24. Al DiMeola - Return To Forever, Solo
25. Stanley Clarke - Return To Forever, Animal Logic, Solo
26. Jean Luc-Ponty - Frank Zappa, Solo
27. Jerry Goodman - Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Flock, Solo
28. Dennis Chambers - Stern/Berg Band, Chroma, Santana, Steely Dan, Solo
29. Elton Dean - Soft Machine, Soft Heap, Soft Works, Solo
30. Dave Holland - Miles Davis, Solo
31. Hugh Hoppper - Soft Machine, Isotope, Soft Works, Soft Heap, Gilgamesh, Solo
32. Randy Brecker - Brecker Brothers, Dreams, Chroma, Solo
33. Airto Moreira - Miles Davis, Weather Report, Return To Forever, Solo
34. Jimmy Johnson - Allan Holdsworth, Flim & The BB's, Planet X
35. Vinnie Colaiuta - Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, Solo
36. Bill Evans (Sax) - Miles Davis, Andy Summers, Solo
37. Andy Summers - Soft Machine, Solo
38. Mitchel Forman - Mahavishnu Orchestra, Metro, Solo
39. Jim Beard - Chroma, Stern/Berg Band, Bill Evans (Sax), Solo
40. Karl Jenkins - Nucleus, Soft Machine
41. Chad Wackerman - Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth, Solo
42. Flora Purim - Return To Forever, Solo
43. Jeff Beck - Solo
44. Leni Stern - Solo
45. Victor Wooten - Bela Fleck, Vital Tech Tones, Solo
46. Scott Kinsey - Tribal Tech, Michael Landau Group, Solo
47. Ian Carr - Nucleus, Solo
48. Virgil Donati - Planet X, Scott Henderson, Solo
49. Gary Willis - Tribal Tech, Solo
50. Derek Sherinian - Planet X, Solo
51. Tom Coster - Santana, Vital Information, Solo
52. Frank Gambale - Elektric Band, Solo
53. Bill Frisell - Solo
54. Dave Stewart - Bruford, Hatfield & The North, Gong, Egg, National Health
55. Joni Mitchell - Solo
56. Donald Fagen - Steely Dan, Solo
57. Kenny Garrett - Miles Davis, Solo
58. Brett Garsed - Planet X, Uncle Moe's Space Ranch, Solo
59. Bill Bruford - Bruford
60. Wayne Johnson - Solo
61. Jan Hammer - Mahavishnu Orchestra, Solo
62. Tony MacAlpine - CAB, Virgil Donati, Planet X, Solo
63. Ronald Shannon Jackson - Solo
64. Wayne Krantz - Leni Stern, Billy Cobham, Steely Dan, Michael Brecker, Solo
65. Adam Holzman - Miles Davis, The Mahavishnu Project, Solo
66. Klaus Doldinger - Passport, Solo
67. Eddie Henderson - Headhunters, Solo
68. Dave Weckl - Elektric Band, Solo
69. Robben Ford - Miles Davis, Yellowjackets, Joni Mitchell, Solo
70. Miroslav Vitous - Weather Report, Solo
71. Marcus Miller - Miles Davis, Solo
72. Jeff Berlin - Allan Holdsworth, Tony Williams, Frank Gambale, Bruford, Solo
73. Robert Wyatt - Soft Machine, Matching Mole, Solo
74. Bunny Brunel - CAB, Chick Corea
75. Lenny White - Miles Davis, Return To Forever, Solo
76. David Torn - Gongzilla, Solo
77. Kazumi Watanabe - Solo
78. Gary Novak - Chick Corea, Scott Kinsey
79. Vernon Reid - Ronald Shannon Jackson, Solo
80. Joe Beck - Solo
81. Christian McBride - Solo
82. Lonnie Liston Smith - Solo
83. Kirk Covington - Tribal Tech, Scott Kinsey, Gary Willis
84. Marc Johnson - Solo
85. Lyle Mays - Pat Metheny Group, Solo
86. Keith Jarrett - Miles Davis, Solo
87. Warren Bernhardt - Steps Ahead, Mike Mainieri
88. Bela Fleck - Solo
89. Danny Gottlieb - Pat Metheny, Elements, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Al DiMeola
90. Michael Landau - Solo
91. Alain Caron - Uzeb, Solo
92. Bill Connors - Return To Forever, Solo
93. Jamaaldeen Tacuma - Solo
94. Bill Berg - Flim & The BB's, Wayne Johnson
95. Marc Egan - Pat Metheny, Chroma, Elements, Solo
96. Simon Phillips - Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Solo
97. Gary Husband - Allan Holdsworth, Solo
98. Brian Bromberg - Solo
99. Eliane Elias - Steps Ahead, Solo
100. Jon Hiseman - Colosseum


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Fusion Artists
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:23 pm 
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How's Carlos Santana, Mike Ratledge, Elton Dean, Frank Zappa, and Hugh Hoppper ahead of guys like Randy Brecker, Airto Moreira, Vinnie Colaiuta, Victor Wooten, Frank Gambale(wow!), Wayne Krantz, Dave Weckl(x2 wow!), Marcus Miller, and Jeff Berlin. For sure the guys just listed should be top 30-40. Dave Weckl should trade spots with Santana.
Also, where the heck is Hiromi Uehara!!!?!???


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Fusion Artists
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You'd have to ask Tom the listmaker and he hasn't been here for a few years.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Fusion Artists
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:48 pm 
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Rick wrote:
You'd have to ask Tom the listmaker and he hasn't been here for a few years.

So there's nobody that can fix this list? This list needs some major fixin!!


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Fusion Artists
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izkool wrote:
Rick wrote:
You'd have to ask Tom the listmaker and he hasn't been here for a few years.

So there's nobody that can fix this list? This list needs some major fixin!!


The bad penny has returned...having heard from Lew. :mrgreen:

As to any "major fixin'", please remember these lists are opinions...not gospel. I can see I've ired the Elektric Band fan club, but it isn't the first time...I posted a larger reply on that subject over at the Songs list...and yep, we all have opinions.

I'll make a point to be around more...and I'm setting these new posts up so that I get a note for all the replies....thanks again.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Fusion Artists
PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:48 pm 
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fusion07 wrote:
izkool wrote:
Rick wrote:
You'd have to ask Tom the listmaker and he hasn't been here for a few years.

So there's nobody that can fix this list? This list needs some major fixin!!


The bad penny has returned...having heard from Lew. :mrgreen:

As to any "major fixin'", please remember these lists are opinions...not gospel. I can see I've ired the Elektric Band fan club, but it isn't the first time...I posted a larger reply on that subject over at the Songs list...and yep, we all have opinions.

I'll make a point to be around more...and I'm setting these new posts up so that I get a note for all the replies....thanks again.



Hey, thanks for returning!!! :biggrin: My main question is how come guys like Carlos Santana, Mike Ratledge, Elton Dean, Frank Zappa, and Hugh Hoppper are ahead of guys like Randy Brecker, Airto Moreira, Vinnie Colaiuta, Victor Wooten, Frank Gambale, Wayne Krantz, Dave Weckl, Marcus Miller, and Jeff Berlin.
Also, there are a few names that should be added to the list. The first one that I can think of is Hiromi Uehara.
I believe that most of the jazz/fusion people should be ahead of most of the rock/fusion people, because jazz fusion is a sub-genre of jazz; so it's most prominent contributors are going to be jazz artists rather than rock artists. Guys like Santana, Hopper, and Zappa are almost too rock oriented to be even considered fusion.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Fusion Artists
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Hey, thanks for returning!!! :biggrin: My main question is how come guys like Carlos Santana, Mike Ratledge, Elton Dean, Frank Zappa, and Hugh Hoppper are ahead of guys like Randy Brecker, Airto Moreira, Vinnie Colaiuta, Victor Wooten, Frank Gambale, Wayne Krantz, Dave Weckl, Marcus Miller, and Jeff Berlin.
Also, there are a few names that should be added to the list. The first one that I can think of is Hiromi Uehara.
I believe that most of the jazz/fusion people should be ahead of most of the rock/fusion people, because jazz fusion is a sub-genre of jazz; so it's most prominent contributors are going to be jazz artists rather than rock artists. Guys like Santana, Hopper, and Zappa are almost too rock oriented to be even considered fusion.


Fusion goes both ways in terms of rock/jazz vs. jazz/rock, and groups like Blood, Sweat & Tears & Chicago will be the biggest sellers the genre will ever see...and they opened up people to so much more music in many cases. Santana had a lot of influence in the early years of fusion with records like "Welcome", and especially "Lotus". Soft Machine (Ratledge, Dean, Hopper) is a particular favorite of mine...and they were a genuine fusion pioneer, as well as being both long-lived and great composers...and they influenced many other bands and spawned many more. Frank Zappa was also an early pioneer, as well as long-lived in the genre...records like "Grand Wazoo" and "Shut Up & Play Yer Guitar" are excellent. I also tend to put a lot of emphasis in my own values in composing. The players you cite are all fine players, but they are mostly newer to the genre, and are known more as players than composers. I was never much of a Brecker Brothers fan, and their stuff has not held up well over time to my ears...a lot of what Randy has recorded isn't fusion. I've already covered the Elektric Band in some detail...and in particular, there are a lot of guitarists I prefer over Gambale. Vinnie is a great player but limited in terms of his recorded compositions. The favorites you mention are people that come from the fusion "rebirth" period, where I tend to give more priority to the people from the original period, with some exceptions like Allan Holdsworth and Tribal Tech because I find their stuff consistently interesting, and they were at it for a long time....both still are after 25-plus years. Hiromi is a fine player...and I mentioned her in some of the lists...but still new, and her Sonicbloom stuff is her fusion work.

Again, remember these are opinions...and mine aren't going to match anyone else's exactly. As I've explained already here, I do have the luxuries of knowing hundreds of these players, going to a huge number of live gigs, and being around to listen to this stuff since the beginning of the genre.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Fusion Artists
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Fusion07 - Do you think you'll consider putting The Chick Corea Elektric Band or Hiromi on any of the fusion lists? I mean yeah I understand you put the pioneers of fusion first; but I mean newer people are good too, especially if they are more fusion oriented than guys like Santana, Zappa, etc...


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Fusion Artists
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izkool wrote:
Fusion07 - Do you think you'll consider putting The Chick Corea Elektric Band or Hiromi on any of the fusion lists? I mean yeah I understand you put the pioneers of fusion first; but I mean newer people are good too, especially if they are more fusion oriented than guys like Santana, Zappa, etc...


If you look at the "Musicians" and "Artists" individual lists...you'll see all the original members of the Elektric Band listed there, I just don't break out the Elektric Band as a separate entity. Hiromi...yes...she's added some things to her body of work since the lists were originally published, and I like her playing, even though I think her Sonicbloom recordings are somewhat mechanical in places.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Fusion Artists
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I should add that now that these fusion forums are active again (they mostly died a couple of years ago), I'll be trying to update these lists, especially the ones dealing with individual instrument groups...they are more than due for said update. Hopefully I'll get to it in the next few weeks...but it's complicated to get everything done, and I need to give it to Lew as a batch to minimize the impact on him...he's a very busy guy.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Fusion Artists
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fusion07 wrote:
I should add that now that these fusion forums are active again (they mostly died a couple of years ago), I'll be trying to update these lists, especially the ones dealing with individual instrument groups...they are more than due for said update. Hopefully I'll get to it in the next few weeks...but it's complicated to get everything done, and I need to give it to Lew as a batch to minimize the impact on him...he's a very busy guy.



Thanks for taking an interest! I appreciate it! Take your time.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Fusion Artists
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Alphonse mouzon ?.
Tommy Bolin ?


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Fusion Artists
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Those two should definitely be on here. Zappa should also be much higher (10 at the highest).


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