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Off Da Hook – Or, You Got Rock in My Jazz


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We all know about fusion—the (sometime unholy) union of jazz and rock that tried to find a new audience for instrumentalists in the 1970s. But there have always been, well, odder experiments with electricity in jazz, more like intrusions of the rock world than integrations, and we look at four rather varied examples in this here podcast. Running the gamut from harmolodic blues-slinger to fusion axe-hero to... Herbie Mann?—these artists let the guitar off da hook and, possibly, into your hearts.


  • Discussion of Herbie Mann's album Memphis Undergroud (Atlantic) 2:52
  • Discussion of James Blood Ulmer' album Black Rock (Columbia) 16:26
  • Discussion of Jay Hoggard's album Riverside Dance (India Navigation) 30:42
  • Discussion of Allan Holdsworth's album None Too Soon (Polydor) 45:01
  • Pop Matters 59:23

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