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Miles Davis' electric bands in the late ‘60s (featured on such classic albums as In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew) served as the incubator for several pioneering jazz fusion bands, including Tony Williams’ Lifetime, Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter’s Weather Report and Chick Corea’s legendary Return to Forever, whose lifespan stretched from 1972 to 1977 with three different versions of the band. After a touring absence of more than 25 years, the potent jazz-rock flagship quartet edition of Return to Forever returns in 2008

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Article: Album Review

Chick Corea Akoustic Band with John Patitucci & Dave Weckl: Live!

Read "Live!" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Anyone still needing dogged proof that the late Chick Corea (in September 2021 it feels like ages since he passed, but it was only February) ever played anything less than a joyful note best have their cursor hovering over the purchase button when Chick Corea Akoustic Band Live drops. On this first posthumous release, ...

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Article: Album Review

Deelee Dube: Trying Times

Read "Trying Times" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Five years ago, the annual Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition named Deelee Dubé its first British winner and (2016) Sassy Award recipient, landing Dubé a spot at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and recording contract for this Concord Records debut. Trying Times marks a major label debut, but Deelee Dubé is no artistic novice. ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Italian Spirits, Dubé Debuts and Chasing (Mahogany) Frogs

Read "Italian Spirits, Dubé Debuts and Chasing (Mahogany) Frogs" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Paul Colombo Group Rio Crystal Vectordisc Records 2020 Rio Crystal is the perfect title for this bright and clear, warm and sunny set led by guitarist Paul Colombo. Its frontline pairs Colombo's nimble guitar with keyboardist Ron Thomas, supported by bassist Andy Alonso and drummer Chris ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

John McLaughlin, Return To Forever, John Patittuci and Larry Coryell

Read "John McLaughlin, Return To Forever, John Patittuci and Larry Coryell" reviewed by Len Davis


We open todays program with live music from Abstract Logix's New Universe Music Festival, Return to Forever Live, Third Rail Live Across Europe . Favourites with John Patitucci, Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey and Lenny White and from the Netherlands, Lale Larson, and Sebastiaan Cornelissen with Gary Willis. Playlist John McLaughlin “Recovery" from New Universe ...

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Bruce Ditmas, Antonio Sanchez & Migration, Return To Forever And Erik Escobar

Read "Bruce Ditmas, Antonio Sanchez & Migration, Return To Forever And Erik Escobar" reviewed by Len Davis


Some contemporary jazz from Bruce Ditmas with John Abercrombie, plus The Meredian Suite from Antonio Sanchez & Migration. We finish with Erik Escobar, Return To Forever and the Yellowjackets.Playlist Steve Hunt “First Creation" from Connections (Spice Rack) 00:00 Bruce Ditmas"Pulp" from What If (Postcards) 08:34 Antonio Sanchez & Migration “Channels of Energy" from The ...

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Article: Top Ten List

Top Jazz-Rock Fusion Recordings

Read "Top Jazz-Rock Fusion Recordings" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis


The emergence of jazz-rock fusion in American music in the late 1960s was controversial. To some, those who played it were traitors to the cause of jazz. Others thought it has saved jazz from extinction. Sometime in the 1960s, rock had eclipsed jazz in popularity in America, and many jazz aficionados were none too happy about ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Tribute to Chick and Milford

Read "A Tribute to Chick and Milford" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This show honours two great figures in jazz who passed away recently. Chick Corea, an outstanding pianist and a great composer, and, Milford Graves a master percussionist, who was one of the giants of the improvised music community. I have selected music from across their respective careers as a tribute to their contribution to music.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nate Wooley, UMO, Alban Darche & Chick Corea

Read "Nate Wooley, UMO, Alban Darche & Chick Corea" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This show has a tribute to the great Chick Corea and new releases from here and there: Finland's UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra, France's Le Gros Cube led by saxophonist Alban Darche, Australian's Alister Spence Trio augmented by guitarist Ed Kuepper, Canada's See Through 4, another guitarist Jörg Schippa from Germany, and Nate Wooley's Mutual Aid Music. ...

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New releases from Randal Despommier, Mark Lettieri, Cameron Graves and much more

Read "New releases from Randal Despommier,  Mark Lettieri, Cameron Graves and much more" reviewed by Len Davis


We're spinning new music from Charles Berthoud, Cameron Graves, Mark Lettieri and Randal Despommier. Playlist Miles Davis “Miles Runs The Voodoo Down" from Live At Filmore (Sony) 00:00 Return To Forever “Al's Solo" from Return To Forever Returns (Eagle) 06:51 Charles Berthoud “Don't Look Back Again" from Epiphany (Self Produced) 13:34 Cameron Graves “Sons ...


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