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The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists 

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Updated November 17, 2019 14.5k votes 2.2k voters 171.7k views 195 items

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 respect, 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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Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Weather Report is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Return to Forever is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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The Mahavishnu Orchestra... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Billy Cobham is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Pat Metheny Group is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Jean-Luc Ponty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Wayne Shorter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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George Duke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Tony Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Brand X is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Yellowjackets is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Tony Williams Lifetime ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Bill Bruford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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The Brecker Brothers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Jack DeJohnette is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
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Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists