Jazz The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists  

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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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457 110
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

2
346 76
Return to Forever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Jazz

3
439 107
Weather Report is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

4
326 72
The Mahavishnu Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

5
324 73
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

6
285 61
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

7
246 56
John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music

8
195 41
Billy Cobham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

9
253 66
Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

10
315 98
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

11
209 54
Jean-Luc Ponty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

12
173 44
Wayne Shorter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

13
170 46
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

14
235 82
Pat Metheny Group is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, World music, Jazz fusion

15
134 47
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

16
114 37
Tony Williams Lifetime is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz fusion, Jazz

17
106 34
Tony Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

18
109 41
The Brecker Brothers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion

19
117 46
Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

20
109 44
Brand X is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Jazz

21
108 44
Bill Bruford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

22
110 46
Yellowjackets is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz

23
91 35
Jack DeJohnette is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, New Age, New Age music

24
61 18
Lenny White is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
incaroads added Jazz fusion, Funk

25
80 33
Dave Weckl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Post-bop