The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists

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This jazz fusion bands list ranks the best jazz fusion musicians ever by votes. This list of good jazz fusion artists and groups let’s you see who jazz fusion fans think are the best in jazz fusion. Of all the subgenres of jazz music, perhaps the most inventive and experimental genre is jazz fusion. Blending together elements of R&B, funk, classical music, and even psychedelic music, jazz fusion grew in popularity in the 1970s with many of the best jazz fusions artists rising to prominence during this time. Though the genre tapered off in the 2000s, the 1980s and parts of the 1990s saw jazz fusion musicians experiment with their sound and the variety of styles that are infused in the sound made each album and song different in their own respective, and allowed jazz fusion bands to create music on their own terms.


So, who are the best jazz fusion artists? Any list of jazz fusion musicians has to include  Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny Group and even the ubiquitous Frank Zappa (who dabbled in jazz fusion as well as rock). These are widely known as some of the best jazz fusion artists and bands that have helped bring make jazz fusion a movement and something that became widely respected over the years.

That said, it's up to you to determine who on this jazz fusion artists list can be considered the best. Jazz fusion artists are a tough breed to judge, but if you know the genre, you should know who is the best and should vote accordingly. If you notice someone isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best jazz fusion bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest jazz fusion musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular jazz fusion musicians.
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    Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Jazz

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    Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

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    Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music

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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Crossover jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

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    Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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    Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

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    Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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    Kozmigroov, New Age, New Age music

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

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    Kozmigroov, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion

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    Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

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    Jazz fusion, Jazz, Progressive rock

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    Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Third stream

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    Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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    New Age music, Third stream, Swing music

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    Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

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    Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Nucleus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists

    Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    United Jazz + Rock Ensemble Se... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Tempest is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists

    Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

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    Kozmigroov, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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    Colosseum II is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists

    Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

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    Crossover jazz, World music, Jazz fusion

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    Electronic music, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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    Embryo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists

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    Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Brand X is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists

    Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Popular music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Jazz fusion, Funk

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Jazz fusion, Jazz, Funk

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    Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists

    Jazz fusion

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    Jazz fusion, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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    Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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