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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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Weather Report is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Weather Report Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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+ - 272 67
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Miles Davis Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

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+ - 196 42
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

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+ - 199 45
The Mahavishnu Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
The Mahavishnu Orchestra Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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+ - 217 53
Return to Forever is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Return to Forever Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Jazz

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+ - 188 43
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

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+ - 221 58
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Frank Zappa Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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+ - 163 37
John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
John McLaughlin Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music

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+ - 124 29
Billy Cobham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Billy Cobham Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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+ - 115 30
Wayne Shorter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Wayne Shorter Crossover jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

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+ - 129 39
Jean-Luc Ponty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jean-Luc Ponty Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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+ - 108 30
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Stanley Clarke Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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+ - 154 58
Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jaco Pastorius Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

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+ - 95 32
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

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+ - 149 70
Pat Metheny Group is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Pat Metheny Group Crossover jazz, World music, Jazz fusion

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+ - 83 29
Tony Williams Lifetime is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Tony Williams Lifetime Kozmigroov, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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+ - 71 23
Tony Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Tony Williams Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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+ - 76 32
Bill Bruford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Bill Bruford Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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+ - 76 32
Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Soft Machine Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

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+ - 65 26
Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jan Hammer Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion

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+ - 64 26
Jack DeJohnette is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jack DeJohnette Kozmigroov, New Age, New Age music

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+ - 70 31
Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Wes Montgomery Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

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+ - 32 6
Lenny White is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Lenny White Jazz fusion, Funk

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+ - 75 38
Brand X is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Brand X Jazz fusion, Jazz

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+ - 66 32
Yellowjackets is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Yellowjackets Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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+ - 45 17
Nucleus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Nucleus Rock music, Jazz fusion

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+ - 47 19
Joe Henderson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Joe Henderson Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

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+ - 47 19
Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Ginger Baker Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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+ - 32 8
Ron Carter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Ron Carter Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Third stream

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+ - 68 36
The Brecker Brothers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
The Brecker Brothers Jazz fusion

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+ - 43 18
Jackie McLean is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jackie McLean Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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+ - 50 25
Michael Brecker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Michael Brecker Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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+ - 35 14
Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Yusef Lateef New Age music, Third stream, Swing music

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+ - 46 24
Colosseum is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Colosseum Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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+ - 36 16
Colosseum II is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Colosseum II Jazz fusion, Jazz

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+ - 48 26
The Crusaders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
The Crusaders Popular music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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+ - 44 23
Dave Weckl is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Dave Weckl Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Post-bop

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+ - 33 14
Eddie Gomez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Eddie Gomez Jazz fusion, Jazz

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+ - 34 15
United Jazz + Rock Ensemble Se... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists

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+ - 38 20
Dixie Dregs is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Dixie Dregs Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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+ - 19 4
Alphonse Mouzon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Alphonse Mouzon Kozmigroov, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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+ - 26 10
VSOP is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists

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+ - 33 16
Tempest is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Tempest Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

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+ - 27 13
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Centipede Jazz fusion, Jazz, Progressive rock

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+ - 42 27
Tribal Tech is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Tribal Tech Jazz fusion, Jazz, Progressive rock

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+ - 42 27
David Sanborn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
David Sanborn Pop music, Rock music, Smooth jazz

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+ - 34 20
Gary Burton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Gary Burton Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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+ - 26 13
Area is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Area Electronic music, Jazz fusion, Experimental music

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+ - 17 5
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Caravan Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

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+ - 25 13
Embryo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists