The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists Bands/Musicians

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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    Forecast: Tomorrow, Mysterious Traveller, This Is This

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    Bitches Brew, Kind of Blue, Agharta

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    Where Have I Known You Before, Musicmagic, Romantic Warrior

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    Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, Time Warp

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    Birds of Fire, The Inner Mounting Flame, Between Nothingness & ...

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    Maiden Voyage, Jazz Africa, Tempest in the Colosseum

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    Devotion, The Guitar Hero, Passion

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    Hot Rats, Joe's Garage Acts 1, 2 & 3

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    The Best Of, The Art of Three, Crosswinds

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    Pastorius / Metheny / Ditmas / Bley, Jaco Pastorius, The Essential Jaco ...

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    The Acatama Experience, Enigmatic Ocean, A Taste for Passion

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    The Falcon and the Snowman, Letter From Home, Speaking of Now

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    At the Movies, Modern Man, Stanley Clarke

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    The Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with The George Duke Trio: Recorded in ...

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    Fragile, Close to the Edge, Flags

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    The Young Lions, 1+1, A Tribute to Miles

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    Product, Unorthodox Behaviour, Livestock

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    Million Dollar Legs, Emergency!, (Turn It Over)

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    Oh, Yeah?, Escape From Television

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    Million Dollar Legs, Life Time, Third Plane

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    Peace Round: A Christmas Celebration, Yellowjackets, Dreamland

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    Out of the Loop, Back to Back, Return of the Brecker Brothers

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    Terje Rypdal / Miroslav Vitous / Jack DeJohnette, To Be Continued, ...

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    Marbin, Breaking the Cycle, Last Chapter of Dreaming

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    Fourth, The Soft Machine, Land of Cockayne

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    Yesterdays Dreams

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    What Did He Say?, Extraction, A Show of Hands

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    Chain Reaction, Powerhouse, Old Socks New Shoes - New Socks Old Shoes

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    Multiplicity, Riding Giants, JK Special

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    What If, Night of the Living Dregs, Unsung Heroes

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    Lumpy Jazz, In Harmony's Way, Taking Notes

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    Grey, Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall, Time Is of the Essence

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    Galaxian, He Had a Hat, Wizard Island

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    Tribal Tech, Face First, Nomad

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    Scream, Forty Reasons, Legs Eleven

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    Duet, Ring, Like Minds

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    Jing Chi, Live at the Baked Potato 2000, Vinnie Colaiuta

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    Far Wes, Full House, Greatest Hits

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    U.K., Concert Classics, Volume 4

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    Lethal Weapon 3, Another Hand, Double Vision

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    Extraction, Greg Howe, Sound Proof

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    Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli, Menuhin & Grappelli: ...

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    Rhythm Deep, We Are One

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    Horses & Trees, Stratavarious, The Early Cream of Eric Clapton

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    Magic Touch, Flying Home, Stolen Moments

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    New York Connection, The Honeysuckle Breeze, Telling Stories

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    Dancing Sessions, Boy With Lots of... BRASS, A Message From Newport

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    Brave New World, Black Diamond, 20th Anniversary

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