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25th Mar '18 12:50:15 PM riceisnice
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* Music/RahsaanRolandKirk: The blind jazz multi-instrumentalist who played more instruments than one can count. Known for his virtuosic playing ability, improvisation, wild stage presence, and DIY instruments.
9th Mar '18 1:08:26 AM jormis29
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* Music/JohnMcLaughlin: English guitarist, started out playing 60s R&B and rock with the Graham Bond Organisation, soon moved into avant-garde circles in Britain, then went to America and played with Miles Davis before launching a solo career which involved him getting seriously into Indian spirituality and co-founding the highly successful jazz-rock band Mahavishnu Orchestra. Branched into a fusion of jazz and Indian classical music with Shakti; since the 80s, has mostly returned to electrified jazz. Famous for having short hair in the early 70s "because it is my guru's will", but also for his formidable technique as a player and his restless musical imagination. Not, repeat, ''[[NamesTheSame not]]'', host of political yak show ''The [=McLaughlin=] Group''.

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* Music/JohnMcLaughlin: English guitarist, started out playing 60s R&B and rock with the Graham Bond Organisation, soon moved into avant-garde circles in Britain, then went to America and played with Miles Davis before launching a solo career which involved him getting seriously into Indian spirituality and co-founding the highly successful jazz-rock band Mahavishnu Orchestra. Branched into a fusion of jazz and Indian classical music with Shakti; since the 80s, has mostly returned to electrified jazz. Famous for having short hair in the early 70s "because it is my guru's will", but also for his formidable technique as a player and his restless musical imagination. Not, repeat, ''[[NamesTheSame not]]'', host of political yak show ''The [=McLaughlin=] Group''.''Series/TheMcLaughlinGroup''.
5th Mar '18 12:55:02 PM Suicidedogavi
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* Music/{{Puya}}: A Puerto Rican Jazz Fusion/ProgressiveMetal band noted for drawing heavily from Latin jazz and salsa.
4th Mar '18 4:16:32 PM Malady
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* Brad Mehldau: Floridian pianist who started out as a sideman but soon developed his own polyrhythmic style and made a series of albums in the 90s called ''The Art of the Trio'' in which he blended classical-derived technique with improvisation. Particularly known for his interpretations of rock songs: he is a big fan of Music/{{Radiohead}} and has covered several of their songs, but he's also done his own highly creative versions of tracks by Music/TheKinks, Music/StoneTemplePilots, Music/TheVerve, Music/PinkFloyd, Music/MassiveAttack, Music/{{Nirvana}} and Music/TheBeatles -- and that's just on ''one album'' (the admittedly four-disc ''10 Years Solo Live'', which also had room for standards, Mehldau's own compositions and pieces by Music/JohannesBrahms). Rather than just solo over reharmonised versions of popular songs, he tends to break down the song structure and come up with new variations on the spot; has been acclaimed as the first jazz musician to successfully incorporate post-TheBeatles popular music into jazz. Had a drug problem in the 90s but successfully cleaned up. Very brainy, interested in philosophy and literature, used to get mocked for his literate, ruminative liner notes but has now become a bit of a Living Master. Most recently collaborated with bluegrass mandolinist [[NickelCreek Chris Thile]].

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* Brad Mehldau: Floridian pianist who started out as a sideman but soon developed his own polyrhythmic style and made a series of albums in the 90s called ''The Art of the Trio'' in which he blended classical-derived technique with improvisation. Particularly known for his interpretations of rock songs: he is a big fan of Music/{{Radiohead}} and has covered several of their songs, but he's also done his own highly creative versions of tracks by Music/TheKinks, Music/StoneTemplePilots, Music/TheVerve, Music/PinkFloyd, Music/MassiveAttack, Music/{{Nirvana}} and Music/TheBeatles -- and that's just on ''one album'' (the admittedly four-disc ''10 Years Solo Live'', which also had room for standards, Mehldau's own compositions and pieces by Music/JohannesBrahms). Rather than just solo over reharmonised versions of popular songs, he tends to break down the song structure and come up with new variations on the spot; has been acclaimed as the first jazz musician to successfully incorporate post-TheBeatles post-Music/TheBeatles popular music into jazz. Had a drug problem in the 90s but successfully cleaned up. Very brainy, interested in philosophy and literature, used to get mocked for his literate, ruminative liner notes but has now become a bit of a Living Master. Most recently collaborated with bluegrass mandolinist [[NickelCreek [[Music/NickelCreek Chris Thile]].
21st Feb '18 6:41:33 PM WilliamRadarStorm
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* Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand: To a certain extent. While they're generally thought of as ''the'' SouthernRock band, improvisation was a major element of their sound, and lead guitarist Duane Allman listed John Coltrane and Miles Davis as two of his biggest influences. Drummer Jai Johanny Johanson also had a background in jazz.

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* Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand: To a certain extent. While they're generally thought of as ''the'' SouthernRock band, improvisation was a major element of their sound, and lead guitarist Duane Allman listed John Coltrane and Miles Davis as two of his biggest influences. Drummer Jai Johanny Johanson also had a background in jazz.jazz (in fact, he was the one who introduced Duane to Coltrane and Davis).



* Music/GratefulDead: Jazz was one of the many genres that influenced them, and as with the Allman Brothers above, improvisation was an essential (arguably ''the'' essential) part of the sound. The jazz influence is most conspicuous during the years with Keith Godchaux on keyboards (October 19, 1971 through February 17, 1979), as he had a background in Dixieland and cocktail jazz; in the studio, the best exemplars of this are probably ''Wake of the Flood'', ''From the Mars Hotel'', ''Blue for Allah'', and ''Terrapin Station''; some of the most acclaimed live albums from his tenure are ''Europe '72'' and ''Get Shown the Light'' (which includes the famous Cornell show from May 8, 1977), though, since the Dead were practitioners of extreme GenreRoulette (particularly during this period), some songs have more conspicuous jazz influence than others. Another noteworthy jazz fusion album in the Dead's catalogue is ''Wake Up to Find Out'' (March 29, 1990), which features Branford Marsalis on saxophone for "Bird Song" and then the entire second set (including a revival of one of the Dead's {{Signature Song}}s, "Dark Star").

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* Music/GratefulDead: Jazz was one of the many genres that influenced them, and as with the Allman Brothers above, improvisation was an essential (arguably ''the'' essential) part of the sound. The jazz influence is most conspicuous during the years with Keith Godchaux on keyboards (October 19, 1971 through February 17, 1979), as he had a background in Dixieland and cocktail jazz; in the studio, the best exemplars of this are probably ''Wake of the Flood'', ''From the Mars Hotel'', ''Blue ''Blues for Allah'', and ''Terrapin Station''; some of the most acclaimed live albums from his tenure are ''Europe '72'' and ''Get Shown the Light'' (which includes the famous Cornell show from May 8, 1977), though, since the Dead were practitioners of extreme GenreRoulette (particularly during this period), some songs have more conspicuous jazz influence than others. Another noteworthy jazz fusion album in the Dead's catalogue is ''Wake Up to Find Out'' (March 29, 1990), which features Branford Marsalis on saxophone for "Bird Song" and then the entire second set (including a revival of one of the Dead's {{Signature Song}}s, "Dark Star").
14th Feb '18 5:05:35 AM jormis29
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* Pat Metheny: Missourian guitarist, composer and bandleader. Started out as a massive Wes Montgomery fan, but his own early stuff was in a fusion vein, and became enormously popular; he's one of the few jazz musicians who can sell out big venues. Famous for his big hair, enormous toothy smile, spacious and accessible compositions and remarkable willingness to try anything: collaborated with Music/DavidBowie on the soundtrack to the film ''The Falcon and the Snowman'', and with Ornette Coleman on 1985's blistering ''Song X'' in the 1990s, released an album of solo skronk guitar that his fans hated, but which was praised by Thurston Moore of Music/SonicYouth, and also collaborated with English avant-guitar legend Derek Bailey on the album ''The Sign of Four''. Despite all this, still regularly sells albums by the truckload.

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* Pat Metheny: Missourian guitarist, composer and bandleader. Started out as a massive Wes Montgomery fan, but his own early stuff was in a fusion vein, and became enormously popular; he's one of the few jazz musicians who can sell out big venues. Famous for his big hair, enormous toothy smile, spacious and accessible compositions and remarkable willingness to try anything: collaborated with Music/DavidBowie on the soundtrack to the film ''The Falcon and the Snowman'', ''Film/TheFalconAndTheSnowman'', and with Ornette Coleman on 1985's blistering ''Song X'' in the 1990s, released an album of solo skronk guitar that his fans hated, but which was praised by Thurston Moore of Music/SonicYouth, and also collaborated with English avant-guitar legend Derek Bailey on the album ''The Sign of Four''. Despite all this, still regularly sells albums by the truckload.
11th Feb '18 2:58:41 PM CassandraLeo
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* Music/GratefulDead: Jazz was one of the many genres that influenced them, and as with the Allman Brothers above, improvisation was an essential (arguably ''the'' essential)) part of the sound. The jazz influence is most conspicuous during the years with Keith Godchaux on keyboards (October 19, 1971 through February 17, 1979), as he had a background in Dixieland and cocktail jazz; in the studio, the best exemplars of this are probably ''Wake of the Flood'', ''From the Mars Hotel'', ''Blue for Allah'', and ''Terrapin Station''; some of the most acclaimed live albums from his tenure are ''Europe '72'' and ''Get Shown the Light'' (which includes the famous Cornell show from May 8, 1977), though, since the Dead were practitioners of extreme GenreRoulette (particularly during this period), some songs have more conspicuous jazz influence than others. Another noteworthy jazz fusion album in the Dead's catalogue is ''Wake Up to Find Out'' (March 29, 1990), which features Branford Marsalis on saxophone for "Bird Song" and then the entire second set (including a revival of one of the Dead's {{Signature Song}}s, "Dark Star").

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* Music/GratefulDead: Jazz was one of the many genres that influenced them, and as with the Allman Brothers above, improvisation was an essential (arguably ''the'' essential)) essential) part of the sound. The jazz influence is most conspicuous during the years with Keith Godchaux on keyboards (October 19, 1971 through February 17, 1979), as he had a background in Dixieland and cocktail jazz; in the studio, the best exemplars of this are probably ''Wake of the Flood'', ''From the Mars Hotel'', ''Blue for Allah'', and ''Terrapin Station''; some of the most acclaimed live albums from his tenure are ''Europe '72'' and ''Get Shown the Light'' (which includes the famous Cornell show from May 8, 1977), though, since the Dead were practitioners of extreme GenreRoulette (particularly during this period), some songs have more conspicuous jazz influence than others. Another noteworthy jazz fusion album in the Dead's catalogue is ''Wake Up to Find Out'' (March 29, 1990), which features Branford Marsalis on saxophone for "Bird Song" and then the entire second set (including a revival of one of the Dead's {{Signature Song}}s, "Dark Star").
11th Feb '18 2:58:07 PM CassandraLeo
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* Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand: To a certain extent. While they're generally thought of as ''the'' SouthernRock band, improvisation was a major element of their sound, and lead guitarist Duane Allman listed John Coltrane and Miles Davis as two of his biggest influences. Drummer Jai Johanny Johanson also had a background in jazz.



* Music/EphelDuath: Something of a mixture of BlackMetal and jazz, with AvantGardeMusic and ProgressiveRock elements sometimes thrown into the blender as well.
* Exivious: Dutch instrumental progressive metal/jazz fusion act that leans more towards the fusion side of the equation but still has a subtle metallic undercurrent.



* Exivious: Dutch instrumental progressive metal/jazz fusion act that leans more towards the fusion side of the equation but still has a subtle metallic undercurrent.


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* Music/GratefulDead: Jazz was one of the many genres that influenced them, and as with the Allman Brothers above, improvisation was an essential (arguably ''the'' essential)) part of the sound. The jazz influence is most conspicuous during the years with Keith Godchaux on keyboards (October 19, 1971 through February 17, 1979), as he had a background in Dixieland and cocktail jazz; in the studio, the best exemplars of this are probably ''Wake of the Flood'', ''From the Mars Hotel'', ''Blue for Allah'', and ''Terrapin Station''; some of the most acclaimed live albums from his tenure are ''Europe '72'' and ''Get Shown the Light'' (which includes the famous Cornell show from May 8, 1977), though, since the Dead were practitioners of extreme GenreRoulette (particularly during this period), some songs have more conspicuous jazz influence than others. Another noteworthy jazz fusion album in the Dead's catalogue is ''Wake Up to Find Out'' (March 29, 1990), which features Branford Marsalis on saxophone for "Bird Song" and then the entire second set (including a revival of one of the Dead's {{Signature Song}}s, "Dark Star").
11th Feb '18 2:46:19 PM CassandraLeo
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* [[Music/ShiningNorway Shining (Norway)]]: Started out as an acoustic jazz band (and [[StartMyOwn spinoff]] of Music/JagaJazzist) for their first two albums (''Where the Ragged People Go'', 2001, and ''Sweet Shanghai Devil'', 2003, the second of which was significantly more avant-garde) before moving into jazz fusion/progressive rock for their next two (''In the Kingdom of Kitsch You Will Be a Monster'', 2005, and ''Grindstone'', 2007). Starting with ''Blackjazz'' (2009), they incorporated {{black metal}} and {{industrial}} influence without eschewing the jazz elements[[note]]evidently inspired by a collaboration with compatriots Music/{{Enslaved}} and leader/saxophonist/vocalist/guitarist/etc. Jørgen Munkeby's work with In Lingua Mortua[[/note]], though evidently they'd been performing live in this style for quite some time already (somewhat out of necessity, since the earlier songs' arrangements were impractical to reproduce). Not to be confused with the [[Music/{{Shining}} Swedish band]] of [[NamesTheSame the same name]]; while the two acts started out playing wildly disparate genres of music, both of them now incorporate elements of black metal and progressive metal into their sound, so this happens frequently.

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* [[Music/ShiningNorway Shining (Norway)]]: Started out as an acoustic jazz band (and [[StartMyOwn spinoff]] of Music/JagaJazzist) for their first two albums (''Where the Ragged People Go'', 2001, and ''Sweet Shanghai Devil'', 2003, the second of which was significantly more avant-garde) before moving into jazz fusion/progressive rock for their next two (''In the Kingdom of Kitsch You Will Be a Monster'', 2005, and ''Grindstone'', 2007). Starting with ''Blackjazz'' (2009), (2010), they incorporated {{black metal}} and {{industrial}} influence without eschewing the jazz elements[[note]]evidently inspired by a collaboration with compatriots Music/{{Enslaved}} and leader/saxophonist/vocalist/guitarist/etc. Jørgen Munkeby's work with In Lingua Mortua[[/note]], though evidently they'd been performing live in this style for quite some time already (somewhat out of necessity, since the earlier songs' arrangements were impractical to reproduce). Not to be confused with the [[Music/{{Shining}} Swedish band]] of [[NamesTheSame the same name]]; while the two acts started out playing wildly disparate genres of music, both of them now incorporate elements of black metal and progressive metal into their sound, so this happens frequently.
11th Feb '18 1:32:35 PM CassandraLeo
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