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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
442 105
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

2
334 74
Return to Forever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Jazz

3
423 104
Weather Report is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

4
311 69
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

5
313 71
The Mahavishnu Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

6
273 61
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

7
237 56
John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music

8
190 39
Billy Cobham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Rock music

9
247 65
Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

10
309 93
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

11
200 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
167 42
Wayne Shorter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

13
164 44
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

14
222 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
130 47
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

16
103 33
Tony Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

17
110 37
Tony Williams Lifetime is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Jazz fusion, Jazz

18
114 44
Soft Machine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

19
107 41
The Brecker Brothers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion

20
107 42
Brand X is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Jazz

21
105 43
Bill Bruford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

22
88 34
Jack DeJohnette is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, New Age, New Age music

23
103 46
Yellowjackets is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz

24
57 18
Lenny White is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
incaroads added Jazz fusion, Funk

25
76 32
Dave Weckl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Post-bop

26
87 41
Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion

27
78 35
Michael Brecker is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

28
90 45
Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

29
68 31
Ginger Baker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

30
60 26
Nucleus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion

31
62 30
Joe Henderson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

32
57 27
Dixie Dregs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

33
65 34
Tribal Tech is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Jazz, Progressive rock

34
47 22
Ron Carter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
slaft added Orchestral jazz, Avant-garde jazz, Third stream

35
62 34
Jeff Lorber is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

36
67 38
The Crusaders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Popular music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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
29 10
Caravan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
passionsears added Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene

39
42 21
Robben Ford is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

40
49 27
Jackie McLean is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

41
49 27
Gary Burton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

42
40 20
Vinnie Colaiuta is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Pop music, Rock music

43
40 20
Eddie Gomez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Jazz

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

45
30 13
Uzeb is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion

46
24 8
Scott Henderson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Frano Frano added

47
24 8
Terje Rypdal is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
scourchedearth added Rock music, Third stream, Jazz

48
33 16
Omar Hakim is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Pop music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

49
34 17
Flora Purim is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
Jazz fusion, Jazz

50
41 23
Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jazz Fusion Bands/Artists
New Age music, Third stream, Swing music