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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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345 85
Weather Report is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Weather Report Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

2
355 89
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

3
282 66
Return to Forever is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Return to Forever Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Jazz

4
250 58
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

5
252 59
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

6
231 53
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

7
268 75
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Frank Zappa Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

8
195 47
John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
John McLaughlin Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music

9
156 36
Billy Cobham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Billy Cobham Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

10
200 62
Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jaco Pastorius Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

11
164 47
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

12
140 37
Wayne Shorter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Wayne Shorter Crossover jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

13
135 39
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Stanley Clarke Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

14
186 79
Pat Metheny Group is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Pat Metheny Group Crossover jazz, World music, Jazz fusion

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15
109 40
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

16
89 29
Tony Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Tony Williams Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

17
96 35
Tony Williams Lifetime is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Tony Williams Lifetime Kozmigroov, Jazz fusion, Jazz

18
96 39
Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Soft Machine Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

19
95 40
Brand X is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Brand X Jazz fusion, Jazz

20
94 40
Bill Bruford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Bill Bruford Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

21
77 32
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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22
87 40
The Brecker Brothers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
The Brecker Brothers Jazz fusion

23
84 38
Yellowjackets is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Yellowjackets Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz

24
78 34
Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jan Hammer Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion

25
60 26
Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Ginger Baker Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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42 13
Lenny White is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
incaroads added Lenny White Jazz fusion, Funk

27
65 30
Michael Brecker is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Michael Brecker Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

28
76 40
Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Wes Montgomery Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

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59 28
Dave Weckl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Dave Weckl Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Post-bop

30
51 22
Nucleus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Nucleus Rock music, Jazz fusion

31
42 16
Ron Carter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
slaft added Ron Carter Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Third stream

32
55 26
Joe Henderson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Joe Henderson Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

33
48 23
Dixie Dregs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Dixie Dregs Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

34
56 31
Tribal Tech is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Tribal Tech Jazz fusion, Jazz, Progressive rock

35
26 7
Alphonse Mouzon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
incaroads added Alphonse Mouzon Kozmigroov, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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55 31
The Crusaders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
The Crusaders Popular music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

37
37 17
Eddie Gomez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Eddie Gomez Jazz fusion, Jazz

38
45 24
Jackie McLean is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jackie McLean Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

39
41 21
Colosseum II is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Colosseum II Jazz fusion, Jazz

40
24 7
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
passionsears added Caravan Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

41
28 11
Flora Purim is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Flora Purim Jazz fusion, Jazz

42
49 29
Jeff Lorber is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jeff Lorber Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

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50 30
Colosseum is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Colosseum Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

44
33 16
Vinnie Colaiuta is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Vinnie Colaiuta Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music

45
41 23
Gary Burton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Gary Burton Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

46
37 20
Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Yusef Lateef New Age music, Third stream, Swing music

47
35 19
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48
35 19
Tempest is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Tempest Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

49
23 9
Uzeb is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Uzeb Jazz fusion

50
37 22
Alphonso Johnson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Alphonso Johnson Jazz fusion, Jazz, Funk