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Fusion Frenzy?

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We think of fusion as a music of the seventies, but its traditions live on today as various artists return to the genre to try out new experiments as well as offer their own spins on older approaches. This podcast looks at two somewhat uncharacteristic examples of fusion from the seventies—one a studio-band workout on pop tunes of the day, the other an extension of the Miles Davis / Herbie Hancock schools of fusion, then look at two recent releases in the genre. Pop matters wraps things up with Mike's judgment on two April Fools' Day articles Pat published on this very website: Tragedy Strikes at CES and Columbia Releases Miles Davis: The Rest.

Playlist

  • Discussion of Phil Upchurch's album Darkness, Darkness (Blue Thumb) 5:55
  • Discussion of Eddie Henderson's album Sunburst (Blue Note) 21:30
  • Discussion of Peter Erskine's album On Call (Fuzzy Music) 30:10
  • Discussion of Eitan Kenner's album 8Ball City (Self Produced) 58:50
  • Pop Matters Time Marker

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