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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 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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473 111
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

2
363 79
Return to Forever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Jazz

3
458 111
Weather Report is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

4
341 76
The Mahavishnu Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

5
341 76
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

6
298 62
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

7
256 57
John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music

8
204 42
Billy Cobham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

9
261 69
Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

10
222 55
Jean-Luc Ponty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

11
329 104
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

12
182 45
Wayne Shorter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

13
180 47
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

14
248 84
Pat Metheny Group is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, World music, Jazz fusion

15
140 49
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

16
119 38
Tony Williams Lifetime is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz fusion, Jazz

17
112 35
Tony Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

18
126 47
Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

19
117 43
The Brecker Brothers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion

20
118 44
Brand X is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Jazz

21
119 49
Yellowjackets is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz

22
115 47
Bill Bruford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

23
96 36
Jack DeJohnette is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, New Age, New Age music

24
65 18
Lenny White is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
incaroads added Jazz fusion, Funk

25
85 35
Michael Brecker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues