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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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466 111
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

2
357 78
Return to Forever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Jazz

3
450 110
Weather Report is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

4
336 75
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

5
334 75
The Mahavishnu Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

6
293 62
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

7
250 56
John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music

8
200 41
Billy Cobham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

9
256 68
Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

10
216 54
Jean-Luc Ponty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

11
321 102
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

12
178 44
Wayne Shorter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

13
175 46
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

14
239 83
Pat Metheny Group is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, World music, Jazz fusion

15
138 47
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

16
117 37
Tony Williams Lifetime is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz fusion, Jazz

17
109 34
Tony Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

18
121 46
Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

19
112 42
The Brecker Brothers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion

20
113 44
Brand X is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Jazz

21
111 44
Bill Bruford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

22
114 47
Yellowjackets is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz

23
94 35
Jack DeJohnette is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, New Age, New Age music

24
63 18
Lenny White is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
incaroads added Jazz fusion, Funk

25
82 34
Dave Weckl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Post-bop