The Road to Fusion - Lloyd, Burton, Williams, Zawinul and Miles (1967 - 1972)

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Jazz-rock fusion or, often, simply "fusion" emerged in the late '60s as the child of many mothers. Characterized by electric instruments and rock rhythms, it could be loud and fast, but just as likely, could be melodic or lyrical or funky. The Charles Lloyd Quartet, the Gary Burton Quartet, Tony Williams Lifetime and the Joe Zawinul Group all showed elements of what became the best-selling strain of jazz in the 1970s. And once again, of course, Miles Davis was in the center of things.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Charles Lloyd Quartet "Is It Really The Same" from Love-In (Atlantic) 2:37
  • Host speaks 8:25
  • Gary Burton Quartet "One, Two, 1-2-3-4" from Duster (RCA Victor) 9:21
  • Host speaks 15:16
  • Tony Williams Lifetime "Vashkar" from Emergency! (Polydor) 16:29
  • Host speaks 21:26/li>
  • Miles Davis Octet "It's About That Time" from In A Silent Way/em> (Columbia) 23:55
  • Host speaks 35:18
  • Miles Davis Group "John McLaughlin" from Bitches Brew (Columbia) 36:18
  • Host speaks 40:38
  • Joe Zawinul's Group "In a Silent Way" from Zawinul (Atlantic) 43:04
  • Joe Zawinul's Group "Arrival in New York" from Zawinul (Atlantic) 47:50
  • Host speaks 49:47
  • Miles Davis Octet "Rated X" from Get Up With It (Columbia) 50:51
  • Host Outro 57:36

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