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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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293 71
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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292 71
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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212 44
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

4
210 46
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
233 55
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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196 44
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

7
233 61
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
172 37
John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
John McLaughlin Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music

9
128 33
Billy Cobham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Billy Cobham Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

10
120 32
Wayne Shorter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Wayne Shorter Crossover jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

11
132 42
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
162 60
Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jaco Pastorius Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

13
113 34
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Stanley Clarke Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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96 35
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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156 72
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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76 24
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
87 31
Tony Williams Lifetime is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Tony Williams Lifetime Kozmigroov, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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81 33
Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Soft Machine Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

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80 35
Bill Bruford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Bill Bruford Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

20
68 29
Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jan Hammer Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion

21
67 29
Jack DeJohnette is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jack DeJohnette Kozmigroov, New Age, New Age music

22
78 40
Brand X is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Brand X Jazz fusion, Jazz

23
71 36
Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Wes Montgomery Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

24
36 10
Ron Carter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
slaft added Ron Carter Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Third stream

25
33 8
Lenny White is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
incaroads added Lenny White Jazz fusion, Funk

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49 21
Joe Henderson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Joe Henderson Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

27
70 37
The Brecker Brothers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
The Brecker Brothers Jazz fusion

28
66 35
Yellowjackets is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Yellowjackets Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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50 23
Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Ginger Baker Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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46 20
Nucleus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Nucleus Rock music, Jazz fusion

31
53 26
Michael Brecker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Michael Brecker Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

32
44 20
Jackie McLean is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jackie McLean Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

33
46 24
Dave Weckl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Dave Weckl Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Post-bop

34
38 18
Colosseum II is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Colosseum II Jazz fusion, Jazz

35
34 15
Eddie Gomez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Eddie Gomez Jazz fusion, Jazz

36
40 21
Dixie Dregs is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Dixie Dregs Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

37
48 28
The Crusaders is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
The Crusaders Popular music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

38
48 28
Colosseum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Colosseum Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

39
20 5
Alphonse Mouzon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
incaroads added Alphonse Mouzon Kozmigroov, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

40
34 17
United Jazz + Rock Ensemble Se... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists

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35 18
Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Yusef Lateef New Age music, Third stream, Swing music

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33 18
Tempest is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Tempest Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

43
26 13
VSOP is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
slaft added VSOP

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18 6
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
passionsears added Caravan Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

45
44 30
Tribal Tech is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Tribal Tech Jazz fusion, Jazz, Progressive rock

46
14 3
Terje Rypdal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
scourchedearth added Terje Rypdal Rock music, Third stream, Jazz

47
26 14
Embryo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
ZsoltSomorjai added Embryo

48
27 15
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Centipede Jazz fusion, Jazz, Progressive rock

49
27 15
Vinnie Colaiuta is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Vinnie Colaiuta Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music

50
28 16
Robben Ford is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Robben Ford Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz