For those who enjoy the jazz fusion sounds of John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Return to Forever and such notable jazz side musicians in their own right, as Christian McBride (bass), Kenny Garrett (sax) and Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), the harvest of music you will reap in 2008 will be very abundant. Allow me to lay out the vines of this tree so you can pluck the fruits you desire.
The first artist I’d like to mention is John McLaughlin, a prominent electric guitarist and world musician, a leader in the genre of jazz-world-fusion. John is releasing a pair of recordings interrelated , Floating Point on CD
and a video of the 5 day recording session itself, entitled, Meeting of the Minds on DVD.
John McLaughlin’s point of intersection with Chick Corea is a band that he and the side musicians mentioned above will be playing together in for Peace, probably later on this year (fall/winter 08 anticipated due to each person’s existing schedules and committments), Five Peace Band. An exciting collaboration to put it mildly.
Chick Corea is also part of the reformed and touring Return to Forever ensemble. They are embarking upon a world tour that will reintroduce this jazz fusion engine to a new audience of listeners.
So all and all an exciting time for jazz fusion in 2008. Keep an eye and ear out for these artists as their tour and recording plans gel. We will all benefit from their synergy and direction.