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 seventiesone 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.
Discussion of Phil Upchurch's album Darkness, Darkness (Blue Thumb) 5:55
World music pioneer Adam Rudolph and his groundbreaking Go: Organic Orchestra join forces with Brooklyn Raga Massive to create the monumental new album, Ragmala – A Garland of Ragas (Meta Records). Ragmala bridges generations, cultures and traditions in a deep-rooted, forward-looking sound born of 21st-century innovation and hybrid voices. Epic in scale and ambition, the project features 40 world-class musicians including Gnawa master musician Hassan Hakmoun, legendary drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake, forward-thinking cornetist Graham Haynes, and tradition-blurring flutist...
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