Best of Jazz Fusion 2021


Fusion, in this case, is when multiple genres blend together to form something new. Jazz fusion, then, is traditionally jazz mixed with rock, but I’m more generous than that, and I’m including any sort of genre-crossing in this list!


Number Five: Cory Wong & Dirty Loops – Turbo


This might be more cheesy than a Swiss raclette, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t have a ton of fun listening to this collaboration! As always with Dirty Loops, you can expect to throw your instrument in the trash and consider finding yourself a new hobby, but in the end it’s worth it for just how good and upbeat that album is!


Number Four: Valtozash – Boiling Solitude


Big band jazz-metal is back, baby! Along with Nathan Parker Smith (please make more music!), Australian group Valtozash is at the forefront of this very peculiar and idiosyncratic self-genre! So, if you’re trying to get into jazz from a metal perspective, this is perhaps the best way to go! If you’re not, well, Boiling Solitude is an astonishingly solid album from all points of view!


Number Three: Krokofant – Fifth



This Norwegian prog rock meets jazz group is never stale! On Fifth, we get some of the more driving fusion out there, yet the album is filled with atmospheres and instrumental meanderings that mean you never have a second to grow bored!


Number Two: Eishan Ensemble – Project مثنوی


Sydney-based Eishan ensemble’s original concept is to merge Persian music and jazz together, and Project مثنوی—Masnavi—is the band’s 2021 release. Thanks to various traditional instruments and a solid grasp of musical theory—both from Persian tradition and modern jazz harmony—the album is absolutely solid and manages to create a very unique atmosphere.


Number One: Shubh Saran – Inglish



Shubh Saran is back on top! Shubh really is one of the most prominent new voices in jazz, as exemplified by his previous album Hmayra, which is also incredibly satisfying. Inglish will get you grooving, thinking, and dreaming.


Notable Releases

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Friday, 8 January

Kari Ikonen – Impressions, Improvisations, and Compositions

38:21
jazz fusion
Finland
Ozella


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Friday, 22 January

አዝማሪسماعي

43:34
world fusion
Ghent, Belgium
Sdban

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Thursday, 18 March

Mono Neon – Supermane

23:15
soul, funk
Memphis, Tennessee
Independent

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Friday, 9 April

Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble – Now

30:30
hip-hop, jazz fusion
Chicago, Illinois
International Anthem

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Friday, 23 April

Cody Carpenter – Memories and Dreams

46:15
jazz fusion
Los Angeles, California
Blue Canoe

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Friday, 7 May

Eishan Ensemble – Project مثنوی

38:58
world fusion
Sydney, Australia
Earshift Music

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Thursday, 3 June

The Jac – Walking Spirits

34:41
jazz fusion
Wellington, New Zealand
Thelonious

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Friday, 11

Aman Jagwani – This Place

41:15
jazz fusion
Mumbai, India
Independent


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Friday, 25 June

Julian Siegel – Tales from the Jacquard

75:04
jazz fusion
London, UK
Whirlwind

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Thursday, 1 July

John McLaughlin – Liberation Time

36:55
jazz fusion
Monaco
Abstract Logix

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Monday, 19

Tessitura – Tessitura

33:08
jazz fusion
Austin, Texas
Independent

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Friday, 23 July

Snazzback – In the Place

54:23
jazz fusion
Bristol, UK
Worm Discs

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Tuesday, 31 August

The Ranch – Together to Get Here to Get Here Together

50:57
jazz fusion
Malta
Independent

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Friday, 3 September

Cory Wong & Dirty Loops – Turbo

29:05
jazz fusion
International
Roundwound

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Friday, 10

Krokofant – Fifth

39:12
jazz fusion
Norway
Rune Grammofon


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Saturday, 25 September

Mehdi Nabti & Prototype – Codes sources : une application musicale de la géomancie

45:33
jazz fusion
Montréal, Québec
Independent

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Friday, 8 October

Kate Pass’s Kohesia Ensemble – Silver Lining

55:59
world fusion
Perth, Australia
Independent

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Friday, 29

Levitation Orchestra – Illusions & Realities

66:35
spiritual jazz
London, UK
Gearbox

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Shubh Saran – Inglish

37:22
jazz fusion
New York, New York
Independent


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Friday, 12 November

Irreversible Entanglements – Open the Gates

73:40
soul jazz
Chicago, Illinois
International Anthem

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Milton Man Gogh – The Great Reset

24:32
progressive jazz
Brisbane, Australia
Art as Catharsis

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Valtozash – Boiling Solitude

38:11
metal fusion
Brisbane City, Australia
Independent

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Sunday, 14

Młyn – Folwark

39:46
jazz fusion
Wrocław, Poland
Independent

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Friday, 19

Ghost Rhythms – Spectral Music

73:56
jazz fusion
France
Cuneiform

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Malstrom – Klaus-Dieter

39:29
metal fusion
Osnabrück, Germany
Berthold

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Red Kite – Apophenian Bliss

49:33
jazz fusion
Norway
Rare Noise

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Wednesday, 24

Giuseppe Malinconico – Up for Play!

34:55
jazz fusion
Vicenza, Italy
Independent

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Friday, 26 November

Ivo Neame – Glimpses of Truth

40:12
jazz fusion
London, UK
Whirlwind

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Friday, 3 December

The Physics House Band – Incident on 3rd

53:32
jazz fusion
England, UK
Unearthly Vision

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Friday, 10 December

שַׁי חַזָּןReclusive Rituals

24:24
jazz fusion
Tel Aviv Yafo, Israel
Batov

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Best of 2021

01/01 – Best of Afrobeat
01/02 – Best of Atmospheric Black Metal
01/03 – Best of Avant-Garde Black Metal
01/04 – Best of Brutal Death Metal
01/05 – Best of Classical
01/06 – Best of Death Metal
01/07 – Best of Deathcore
01/08 – Best of Doom Metal
01/09 – Best of Folk
01/10 – Best of Grindcore
01/11 – Best of Hardcore
01/12 – Best Improvisation
01/13 – Best of Indie Rock
01/14 – Best of Jazz Fusion

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