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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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1
436 100
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

2
328 73
Return to Forever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Jazz

3
412 103
Weather Report is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

4
310 70
The Mahavishnu Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

5
305 69
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

6
270 59
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

7
234 56
John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music

8
188 39
Billy Cobham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

9
305 92
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

10
239 65
Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

11
195 53
Jean-Luc Ponty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

12
163 41
Wayne Shorter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

13
160 44
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

14
214 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
127 46
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

16
109 37
Tony Williams Lifetime is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz fusion, Jazz

17
102 33
Tony Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

18
112 44
Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

19
105 41
The Brecker Brothers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion

20
105 42
Brand X is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Jazz

21
104 43
Bill Bruford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

22
85 34
Jack DeJohnette is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, New Age, New Age music

23
100 45
Yellowjackets is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz

24
55 18
Lenny White is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
incaroads added Jazz fusion, Funk

25
86 41
Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion

26
71 31
Dave Weckl is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Post-bop

27
89 45
Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

28
75 35
Michael Brecker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

29
67 31
Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

30
59 26
Nucleus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion

31
57 26
Dixie Dregs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

32
60 30
Joe Henderson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

33
63 33
Tribal Tech is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Jazz, Progressive rock

34
60 33
Jeff Lorber is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

35
65 37
The Crusaders is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Popular music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

36
46 22
Ron Carter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
slaft added Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Third stream

37
30 10
Alphonse Mouzon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
incaroads added Kozmigroov, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

38
28 10
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
passionsears added Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

39
30 12
Uzeb is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion

40
48 27
Gary Burton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

41
38 19
Vinnie Colaiuta is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music

42
39 20
Eddie Gomez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Jazz

43
47 27
Jackie McLean is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

44
55 34
Colosseum is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

45
24 8
Scott Henderson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added

46
39 21
Robben Ford is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

47
33 16
Flora Purim is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Jazz

48
43 25
Colosseum II is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Jazz

49
43 25
UK is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

50
46 28
Victor Wooten is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass