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Greatest Fusion Musicians

Definition & Criteria: 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 Musicians were chosen for their musical vision through originality, influence, instrumental skill and creative inspiration.

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

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

Fusion Guitarists:
1. Allan Holdsworth
2. John McLaughlin
3. Scott Henderson
4. Mike Stern
5. John Scofield
6. Frank Zappa
7. Larry Coryell
8. Pat Metheny
9. Al Di Meola
10. Carlos Santana
11. Jeff Beck
12. Andy Summers
13. Tony MacAlpine
14. Robben Ford
15. Shawn Lane
16. Frank Gambale
17. Leni Stern
18. Bill Frisell
19. Wayne Krantz
20. Kazumi Watanabe
21. Brett Garsed
22. Wayne Johnson
23. Vernon Reid
24. John Abercrombie
25. Michael Landau
26. Bill Connors
27. Jeff Richman
28. Larry Carlton
29. David Torn
30. John Etheridge
31. Scott Jones
32. Alex Machacek
33. T.J. Helmerich
34. John Goodsall
35. Steve Khan
36. Steve Lukather
37. Greg Howe
38. Steve Morse
39. Jimi Tunnell
40. Nguyen Le
41. Joni Mitchell
42. Joe Beck
43. Hiram Bullock
44. Toshi Yanagi
45. Chuck Loeb
46. Jon Herington
47. Dave Fiuczynski
48. Adrian Belew
49. Mike Keneally
50. Dean Brown

Fusion Bassists:
1. Jaco Pastorius
2. Stanley Clarke
3. Dave Holland
4. Hugh Hopper
5. Jimmy Johnson
6. Victor Wooten
7. Gary Willis
8. Marcus Miller
9. Miroslav Vitous
10. Bunny Brunel
11. Jeff Berlin
12. Jamaalden Tacuma
13. Richard Bona
14. Matt Garrison
15. Alain Caron
16. Jimmy Haslip
17. Marc Egan
18. Brian Bromberg
19. John Patitucci
20. Daryl Jones
21. Marc Johnson
22. Jimmy Earl
23. Jonas Hellborg
24. Ric Fierabracci
25. Alphonso Johnson
26. Christian McBride
27. Abraham Laboriel, Sr.
28. Rufus Philpot
29. Stuart Hamm
30. Billy Sheehan
31. Anthony Jackson
32. Roy Babbington
33. Dave Carpenter
34. Will Lee
35. Victor Bailey
36. Lincoln Goines
37. Tony Levin
38. Jack Bruce
39. Foley
40. Steve Bailey
41. Percy Jones
42. Kai Eckhardt
43. Tetsuo Sakurai
44. Gary Grainger
45. Michael Manring
46. Mick Karn
47. Dieter Ilg
48. Tal Wilkenfeld
49. Jeff Nitti
50. Hadrien Feraud

Fusion Keyboardists:
1. Joe Zawinul
2. Herbie Hancock
3. Chick Corea
4. Mike Ratledge
5. Mitchel Forman
6. Derek Sherinian
7. Scott Kinsey
8. Dave Stewart
9. Jan Hammer
10. Tom Coster
11. Adam Holzman
12. Larry Young
13. Jim Beard
14. Lyle Mays
15. Keith Jarrett
16. George Duke
17. Alan Pasqua
18. Tommy Mars
19. Warren Bernhardt
20. Eliane Elias
21. Allan Zavod
22. Don Grolnick
23. T Lavitz
24. Greg Mathieson
25. David Garfield
26. Russell Ferrante
27. Jens Johannson
28. Richard Tee
29. Tony Hymas
30. David Sancious
31. Gil Goldstein
32. Jeff Babko
33. Bob James
34. Kenny Kirkland
35. Billy Childs
36. Jeff Lorber
37. Jordan Rudess
38. Aydin Esen
39. Steve Hunt
40. Richard Halligan
41. Steve Winwood
42. Bobby Martin
43. Kei Akagi
44. Neil Larsen
45. Larry Willis
46. Robert Lamm
47. Rob Whitlock
48. Steve Weingart
49. Ryu Okomoto
50. Stomu Yamashta

Fusion Horns:
1. Miles Davis
2. Wayne Shorter
3. Don Ellis
4. Bob Berg
5. Michael Brecker
6. Elton Dean
7. Bill Evans
8. Ian Carr
9. Kenny Garrett
10. Randy Brecker
11. Klaus Doldinger
12. Eddie Henderson
13. Brandon Fields
14. Dave Liebman
15. Stan Getz
16. Harold Vick
17. Walt Fowler
18. Mark Isham
19. Bill Chase
20. James Pankow
21. Dick Heckstall-Smith
22. Jeff Coffin
23. Joe Farrell
24. Steve Tavaglione
25. Walter Parazader
26. Lew Soloff
27. Bob Mintzer
28. Chris Wood
29. Steve Marcus
30. Fred Lipsius
31. Lee Loughnane
32. Fred Selden
33. Tom Scott
34. Donald Byrd
35. Katisse Buckingham
36. Bruce Fowler
37. Dick Morrissey
38. Eric Marienthal
39. Greg Osby
40. Johnny Almond
41. Grover Washington, Jr.
42. Sadao Watanabe
43. Lyne Dobson
44. Bob Sheppard
45. Dave Quincy
46. Gary Meek
47. Charlie Mariano
48. Bob Franceschini
49. Ronnie Cuber
50. Larry Klimas

Fusion Drummers:
1. Billy Cobham
2. Dennis Chambers
3. Tony Williams
4. Jack DeJohnette
5. Vinnie Colaiuta
6. Chad Wackerman
7. Virgil Donati
8. Gary Novak
9. Danny Gottlieb
10. Robert Wyatt
11. Dave Weckl
12. Peter Erskine
13. Steve Smith
14. Terry Bozzio
15. Gary Husband
16. Simon Phillips
17. Bill Bruford
18. Alphonse Mouzon
19. Kirk Covington
20. Chester Thompson
21. Lenny White
22. Ralph Humphrey
23. Omar Hakim
24. Bill Berg
25. Joel Taylor
26. Terri Lyne Carrington
27. Jon Hiseman
28. Pip Pyle
29. Ginger Baker
30. John Marshall
31. Zach Danzinger
32. Steve Gadd
33. Abraham Laboriel, Jr.
34. Tom Brechtlein
35. Will Calhoun
36. Cindy Blackman
37. Bobby Colomby
38. Peter Criss
39. Al Foster
40. Gregg Bissonette
41. Wolfgang Haffner
42. Narada Michael Walden
43. Toss Panos
44. Danny Seraphine
45. Pierre Moerlen
46. Joey Heredia
47. Michael Shrieve
48. Eric Gravatt
49. Jeff Sipe
50. Phil Collins

Fusion (Other Instruments):
1. Jean-Luc Ponty - Violin
2. Mike Mainieri - Vibes
3. Jerry Goodman - Violin
4. Airto Moreira - Percussion
5. Flora Purim - Voice
6. Trilok Gurtu - Percussion
7. Allan Holdsworth - Synthaxe
8. Karl Jenkins - Oboe
9. Bela Fleck - Banjo
10. Steve Tavaglione - EWI
11. Roy Wooten - Drumitar
12. Ruth Underwood - Vibes, Perc.
13. Don Alias - Percussion
14. Alex Acuna - Percussion
15. Michael Urbaniak - Violin
16. Mino Cinelu - Percussion
17. Don Um Romao - Percussion
18. Gary Burton - Vibes
19. Marilyn Mazur - Percussion
20. Ursula Dudziak - Voice
21. Ed Mann - Vibes, Percussion
22. Manolo Badrena - Percussion
23. L Shankar - Violin
24. Didier Lockwood - Violin
25. Sheila E. - Percussion
26. Barbara Gaskin - Voice
27. Coke Escovdeo - Percussion
28. Paulinho Da Costa - Percussion
29. Wendy Haas - Voice
30. Jeremy Steig - Flute
31. Munyungo Jackson - Percussion
32. Pete Escovedo - Percussion
33. Paul McCandless - Oboe
34. Joe Farrell - Flute
35. Howard Levy - Harmonica
36. Johnny Almond - Flutes
37. Steve Kindler - Violin
38. Benoit Moerlen - Vibes, Marimba
39. Mark Feldman - Violin
40. Daryl Way - Violin
41. Zakir Hussain - Tabla
42. Dave Bargeron - Tuba
43. Luis Conte - Percussion
44. Jimmy Hastings - Flute
45. Arto Tuncboyacian - Percussion
46. Myka Miller - Oboe, E. Horn, Flute
47. Robert Thomas - Percussion
48. Allen Sloan - Violin
49. Sammy Figueroa - Percussion
50. Karen Briggs - Violin

Fusion Concert Videos:
1. In Concert (1990) - DeJohnette, Holland, Hancock & Metheny
2. Live at Montreux Jazz Festival (1976) - Weather Report
3. A Different Kind of Blue (1970) - Miles Davis
4. Refuge Of The Roads (1983) - Joni Mitchell
5. Time Warp (1995) - Chick Corea
6. Live At The Quick (2002) - Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
7. Shadows & Light (1979) - Joni Mitchell
8. Music On The Edge (1991) - Chroma
9. Weather Update (1986) - Joe Zawinul
10. Live From The Montreal Jazz Festival (1985) - Miles Davis
11. Live At Montreux (1988) - Carlos Santana & Wayne Shorter
12. The Paris Concert (2006) - Mike Stern
13. REH Instructional Video (1992) - Allan Holdsworth
14. Live At Montreux (2004) - Chick Corea Elektric Band
15. Future2Future Live (2002) - Herbie Hancock
16. We Live Here (1995) - Pat Metheny Group
17. Live In Tokyo (1986) - Steps Ahead
18. The Paris Concert (2006) - Soft Machine Legacy
19. Mike Mainieri (1982) - Mike Mainieri
20. Live And Outrageous (1982) - Jaco Pastorius
21. Painting With Words And Music (1999) - Joni Mitchell
22. Live At Yoshi's (2006) - Holdsworth, Pasqua, Haslip & Wackerman
23. Copenhagen Live (1983) - Steps Ahead
24. Live In Munich (1988) - Miles Davis
25. Live At The Queen Elizabeth Hall London (2004) - Gary Husband
26. Night School (2002) - Stanley Clarke
27. Rock Goes To College (1979) - Bill Bruford
28. Miles In Paris (1989) - Miles Davis
29. Live At The Baked Potato (2005) - CAB
30. Live From The Montreal Jazz Festival (1985) - Miles Davis
31. Baby Snakes (1977) - Frank Zappa
32. Glass Menagerie (1981) - Billy Cobham
33. The Spice Of Life In Concert (1987) - Kazumi Watanabe
34. Does Humor Belong in Music? (1984) - Frank Zappa
35. Out Trio (2002) - Bozzio, Machacek, O'Hearn
36. Live Cabaret De Montreal (2005) - Alain Caron
37. The Super Guitar Trio & Friends (1990) - Coryell, DiMeola, Lagrene
38. Gil Evans & His Orchestra (1983) - Gil Evans
39. The Paris Concert (2005) - Robben Ford
40. Live At The Montreal Jazz Festival (1988) - Al Di Meola Project
41. Live In Concert (2003) - Gongzilla
42. Concert With Class (2003) - Frank Gambale
43. Live (2003) - Matt Garrison
44. Speaking Of Now Live (2002) - Pat Metheny
45. A Tribute To The Music Of Frank Zappa (1994) - The Band From Utopia
46. Mo' Bop (2004) - Kazumi Watanabe
47. In Concert (1994) - Marcus Miller
48. Resolution (2006) - Vantage Point
49. Live In Stuttgart (1994) - Terje Rypdal, Miroslav Vitous, Trilok Gurtu
50. Gentle Hearts Tour ('04) - Tetsuo Sakurai, Greg Howe, Dennis Chambers


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Fusion Musicians
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:50 pm 
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Who's Tom M?


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Fusion Musicians
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Yngtchie Blacksteen wrote:
Who's Tom M?


Tom originally approached Lew to ask if he could create the Fusion lists and Lew
(knowing my background and that I've compiled and edited most of the Jazz lists)
asked if I minded or not. I had no plans for those type lists at the time so I said, why not ?
Tom's view of fusion and many who were interested in that sub-genre never found a common ground for discussion resulting in less and less forum involvement by Tom.

I became the Mod by default and Lew's request in an attempt to revive the threads but I've stopped short of changing any of his lists on the main music page. I've indicated that I will if Lew
wants me to but I'm reluctant to do so as I would not appreciate my own lists being changed after the months and years of research that go into them.

And finally............I have sent several pm's for the last few years to Tom but none have been answered so it's a bit in limbo at present.


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Fusion Musicians
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If he doesn't answer then pass his lists off to someone else. Was he that fusion mod on the old forum?


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Fusion Musicians
PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:56 am 
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It's not that easy, my dear Brien. Most of the people who are editing lists on DDD have more than enough with the lists they've already got, and when there's something as obscure as fusion musicians, it's even harder to find a new editor. I mean, I know there are several level-headed people on DDD with quite a bit of knowledge on the subject, but are they willing to be responsible for something like this?


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Fusion Musicians
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Victor Wooten should be at 3.


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Fusion Musicians
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John Mclaughlin should be #1. He was on Bitches Brew for crying out loud. He pretty much invented fusion guitar.
Al di meola should be higher, probably top 5.


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Fusion Musicians
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You guys need to get the rock musicians out of there ASAP!!!! Carlos Santana!?!?!?!? Frank Zappa!?!?!? Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, and many others need to replace the rock/fusion musicians.


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i'd move down santana considerably but i don't see why he should leave the list, as he has done "legit" jazz-rock fusion... same with zappa.


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 Post subject: Re: Greatest Fusion Musicians
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George wrote:
i'd move down santana considerably but i don't see why he should leave the list, as he has done "legit" jazz-rock fusion... same with zappa.


Yeah that's true. But I mean there are so many other musicians that should be way ahead of them. They do deserve a spot at the back of the list. Especially considering they are more of the rock/fusion musicians.
I'd also reccomend to replace the Live At Montreux (1988) - Carlos Santana & Wayne Shorter. It really wasn't that great of a video.
You should also get rid of Refuge Of The Roads (1983) - Joni Mitchell. You call that fusion? It's barely fusion oriented. Surely we could replace it with some Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, or Frank Gambale.


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Chieli Minucci, Jamie Glaser, and Bireli Lagrene must be added to the list of "Greatest Fusion Guitarists"!!

Jamie Glaser:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCqolxR7DYs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16IfItU9irE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbgATl9KPM8

Chieli Minucci:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6epxjP3QGI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rr9lnRiFPMM


Bireli Lagrene:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmzeF54eb2w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBst_bci ... re=related


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Virgil Donati and Terry Bozzio need to be moved considerably down. I can't believe Donati is in front of Weckl. Weckl is like the top 3 when it comes to fusion drumming.


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FYI

An Evening With Victor Wooten April 18th at the Belly Up

Belly Up, 143 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Voted San Diego’s Best Live Music Venue!
Call the Box Office at (858)481-8140
You must be 21 or older to visit the Belly Up


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Rick wrote:
FYI

An Evening With Victor Wooten April 18th at the Belly Up

Belly Up, 143 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Voted San Diego’s Best Live Music Venue!
Call the Box Office at (858)481-8140
You must be 21 or older to visit the Belly Up


Thanks for the headsup on that one...I hope he makes it to El Lay as well.


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I'll be around again, now that the Forum has been updated and I've heard from Lew. As I, and others, have said, these lists are opinions, not gospel, and no two opinions are alike. I do have the luxury of seeing more live fusion music than nearly anyone I know, and I also know hundreds of the people on these lists personally. If it means anything to anyone out there, I see as many as 100 fusion gigs a year, and write a weekly column on jazz and fusion live gigs for LAJazz.com. I write about hundreds of gigs a year there, and there is no place in the world that compares to L.A. for fusion music, period. It's one of the main reasons I choose to live there.

I know that many people love Dave Weckl, for example, as mentioned above. I have the pleasure of knowing Dave, Terry, and many other people on these lists, and seeing them play live on at least a semi-regular basis in L.A. What Terry does, and the variety of it, is something I prefer over Weckl, who's certainly a great technical drummer, and a lot of people like that. I get to see Virgil Donati a lot up close, and there is no one in Western music that can play all the meters he can as well as he does, as well as the amazing footwork...he also writes some great music I happen to really like. Debating this stuff after a certain point to me is largely fruitless, as it's a matter of how someone's playing touches or inspires you, which varies for each person. I love weird meters and guys that can play them well like Virgil, Terry, and Ralph Humphrey, but other people don't care as much for that. That's okay, but to me those weird meters are a key component of fusion going all the way back to Don Ellis, one of the inventors of the genre.

As an example, of all the Buddy Rich Memorial shows, I found Dennis Chambers to be that I liked best in terms of how he drove the band, which to me is what that band was about...I saw the BR band numerous times and met Buddy along the way. There are tons of other opinions otherwise, but the main thing is the videos of all the different players are there to enjoy.

Again, my opinion. Other folks are always entitled to theirs.


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