Category Archives: Fusion

Yellowjackets – Timeline (2011) [HDTracks 24-96]

Yellowjackets – Timeline (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:02:29 minutes | 1,3 GB | Genre: Jazz, Fusion
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Mack Avenue Records

Timeline is Yellowjackets’ GRAMMY®-nominated debut on Mack Avenue Records. This 2011 album commemorates the band’s unprecedented thirty-year career. Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip, Will Kennedy and Bob Mintzer deliver the perfect combination of smooth jazz and post-bop. The album peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums and features the smooth jazz standout “Timeline.”

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Jeff Beck – Wired (1976) [Analogue Productions ‘2016] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24-88.2}

Jeff Beck – Wired (1976) [APO Remaster 2016]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 37:20 minutes | Scans included | 1,5 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 749 MB
Genre: Rock, Jazz, Fusion

Released in 1976, Jeff Beck’s Wired contains some of the best jazz-rock fusion of the period. Wired is generally more muscular, albeit less-unique than its predecessor, Blow by Blow. Joining keyboardist Max Middleton, drummer Richard Bailey, and producer George Martin from the Blow by Blow sessions are drummer Narada Michael Walden, bassist Wilbur Bascomb, and keyboardist Jan Hammer. Beck contributed no original material to Wired, instead relying on the considerable talents of his supporting cast. Perhaps this explains why Wired is not as cohesive as Blow by Blow, seemingly more assembled from component parts. Walden’s powerful drumming propels much of Wired, particularly Middleton’s explosive opener, “Led Boots,” where Beck erupts into a stunning solo of volcanic intensity. Walden also contributes four compositions, including the funk-infused “Come Dancing,” which adds an unnamed horn section. While Walden’s “Sophie” is overly long and marred by Hammer’s arena rock clichés, his “Play With Me” is spirited and Hammer’s soloing more melodic. Acoustic guitar and piano predominate the closing ballad, “Love Is Green”; Beck’s electric solo gracefully massages the quiet timbres. Wired is well balanced by looser, riff-oriented material and Walden’s more intricate compositions. Walden and Hammer give Wired a ’70s-era jazz-rock flavor that is indicative of their work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Bascomb’s throw-down, “Head for Backstage Pass,” finds Bailey skillfully navigating the mixed meters while Beck counters with a dazzling, gritty solo. Hammer’s “Blue Wind” features an infectious riff over which Beck and Hammer trade heated salvos. As good as “Blue Wind” is, it would have benefited from the Walden/Bascomb rhythm section and a horn arrangement by Martin. One of Wired’s finest tracks is an arrangement of Charles Mingus’ “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat.” Beck’s playing is particularly alluring: cleanly ringing tones, weeping bends, and sculpted feedback form a resonant palette. Bailey and Middleton lend supple support. Within a two-year span, the twin towers Blow by Blow and Wired set a standard for instrumental rock that even Beck has found difficult to match. On Wired, with first-rate material and collaborators on hand, one of rock’s most compelling guitarists is in top form.

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Jeff Beck – Blow By Blow (1975) [Analogue Productions 2016] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24-88.2}

Jeff Beck – Blow By Blow (1975) [APO Remaster 2016]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 44:33 minutes | Scans included | 3,2 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans incl. | 875 MB
Features Stereo and Multichannel surround sound | Genre: Rock, Fusion

Blow by Blow typifies Jeff Beck’s wonderfully unpredictable career. Released in 1975, Beck’s fifth effort as a leader and first instrumental album was a marked departure from its more rock-based predecessors. Only composer/keyboardist Max Middleton returned from Beck’s previous lineups. To Beck’s credit, Blow by Blow features a tremendous supporting cast. Middleton’s tasteful use of the Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and analog synthesizers leaves a soulful imprint. Drummer Richard Bailey is in equal measure supportive and propulsive as he deftly combines elements of jazz and funk with contemporary mixed meters. Much of the album’s success is also attributable to the excellent material, which includes Middleton’s two originals and two collaborations with Beck, a clever arrangement of Lennon and McCartney’s “She’s a Woman,” and two originals by Stevie Wonder. George Martin’s ingenious production and string arrangements rival his greatest work. Beck’s versatile soloing and diverse tones are clearly the album’s focus, and he proves to be an adept rhythm player. Blow by Blow is balanced by open-ended jamming and crisp ensemble interaction as it sidesteps the bombast that sank much of the jazz-rock fusion of the period. One of the album’s unique qualities is the sense of fun that permeates the performances. On the opening “You Know What I Mean,” Beck’s stinging, blues-based soloing is full of imaginative shapes and daring leaps. On “Air Blower,” elaborate layers of rhythm, duel lead, and solo guitars find their place in the mix. Propelled by the galvanic rhythm section, Beck slashes his way into “Scatterbrain,” where a dizzying keyboard and guitar line leads to more energetic soloing from Beck and Middleton. In Stevie Wonder’s ballad “Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers,” Beck variously coaxes and unleashes sighs and screams from his guitar in an aching dedication to Roy Buchanan. Middleton’s aptly titled “Freeway Jam” best exemplifies the album’s loose and fun-loving qualities, with Beck again riding high atop the rhythm section’s wave. As with “Scatterbrain,” Martin’s impeccable string arrangements enhance the subtle harmonic shades of the closing “Diamond Dust.” Blow by Blow signaled a new creative peak for Beck, and it proved to be a difficult act to follow. It is a testament to the power of effective collaboration and, given the circumstances, Beck clearly rose to the occasion. In addition to being a personal milestone, Blow by Blow ranks as one of the premiere recordings in the canon of instrumental rock music.

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Jeff Lorber-Worth Waiting For-CD-FLAC-1993-SCF

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Release Name: Jeff_Lorber-Worth_Waiting_For-CD-FLAC-1993-SCF
Artist: Jeff Lorber
Album: Worth Waiting For
Genre: Fusion
Year: 1993
Tracks: 11
Duration: 00:57:32
Size: 384.16 MB

Tracklist:

  1. Jeff Lorber – Rain Song – 5:22 (954 kbps , 36.6 MB)
  2. Jeff Lorber – The Underground – 4:46 (948 kbps , 32.35 MB)
  3. Jeff Lorber – Yellowstone – 4:28 (927 kbps , 29.65 MB)
  4. Jeff Lorber – Punta Del Este – 5:05 (871 kbps , 31.63 MB)
  5. Jeff Lorber – Lost With You – 5:20 (979 kbps , 37.34 MB)
  6. Jeff Lorber – Worth Waiting For – 5:29 (936 kbps , 36.69 MB)
  7. Jeff Lorber – High Wire – 5:58 (1039 kbps , 44.36 MB)
  8. Jeff Lorber – Wavelength – 6:05 (817 kbps , 35.49 MB)
  9. Jeff Lorber – Columbus Ave – 5:25 (901 kbps , 34.9 MB)
  10. Jeff Lorber – Do What It Takes – 5:18 (888 kbps , 33.64 MB)
  11. Jeff Lorber – Jazzery – 4:23 (1006 kbps , 31.5 MB)

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Dewa Budjana – Zentuary (2016) [Bandcamp 24-96]

Dewa Budjana – Zentuary (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:40:38 minutes | 2,07 GB | Genre: World Fusion / Jazz-Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp| Artwork: Digital booklet | © MoonJune Records

Indonesian guitar legend, Dewa Budjana is offering his most ambitious album to date, “Zentuary”. A veteran player whose career has already been marked by collaborations with a virtual “who’s who” of musical luminaries, Budjana still manages to raise the stakes and elevate the level of his game on his fifth solo album. Supported by an all-star cast of enormous proportions – including jazz legend, Jack DeJohnette (over forty years on the ECM label), the iconic progressive bass and stickman, Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel; King Crimson), and the extraordinary superstar sideman talents of Britain’s Gary Husband (Allan Holdsworth; John McLaughlin) – Budjana offers a profusion of cross-cultural delicacies which tease, cajole, enthrall and, ultimately, satisfy listeners. Special guests include guitarist Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats; Steven Wilson, Tim Garland (Chick Corea; Bill Bruford) and Danny Markovich (Marbin). Aside from his renowned skills on guitar, Zentuary documents Budjana’s position as one of the genre’s most prolific, accomplished composers and arrangers. The music on this 2-CD set is a magnanimous affair, where its highly skilled participants are given ample space to create and express. The net result is a soaring, synergistic mélange of brilliant, articulate instrumental progressive rock, jazz-rock fusion and world music.

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Steve Khan-Eyewitness-Modern Times-Casa Loco-2CD-FLAC-2016-NBFLAC

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Release Name: Steve_Khan-Eyewitness-Modern_Times-Casa_Loco-2CD-FLAC-2016-NBFLAC
Artist: Steve Khan
Album: Eyewitness/Modern Times/Casa Loco
Genre: Fusion
Year: 2016
Tracks: 8
Duration: 02:08:51
Size: 781.4 MB

Tracklist:

  1. Steve Khan – Where’s Mumphrey? – 7:28 (862 kbps , 46.04 MB)
  2. Steve Khan – Dr. Slump – 8:25 (786 kbps , 47.32 MB)
  3. Steve Khan – Auxiliary Police – 5:27 (945 kbps , 36.85 MB)
  4. Steve Khan – Guy Lafleur – 10:33 (912 kbps , 68.84 MB)
  5. Steve Khan – Eyewitness – 7:20 (761 kbps , 39.88 MB)
  6. Steve Khan – Blades – 10:51 (869 kbps , 67.38 MB)
  7. Steve Khan – The Blue Shadow – 11:48 (830 kbps , 70.08 MB)
  8. Steve Khan – Penguin Village – 11:54 (861 kbps , 73.35 MB)
  9. Steve Khan – Modern Times – 11:07 (917 kbps , 72.91 MB)
  10. Steve Khan – The Breakaway – 3:14 (842 kbps , 19.47 MB)
  11. Steve Khan – Casa Loco – 12:37 (787 kbps , 71.1 MB)
  12. Steve Khan – Penetration – 6:20 (820 kbps , 37.13 MB)
  13. Steve Khan – Some Sharks – 7:24 (868 kbps , 45.99 MB)
  14. Steve Khan – Uncle Roy – 9:23 (866 kbps , 58.15 MB)
  15. Steve Khan – The Suitcase – 5:04 (742 kbps , 26.9 MB)

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Release Name: Tangents-Stateless-CD-FLAC-2016-FAiNT
Artist: Tangents
Album: Stateless
Genre: Fusion
Year: 2016
Tracks: 8
Duration: 00:49:47
Size: 269.31 MB

Tracklist:

  1. Tangents – Jindabyne – 7:07 (896 kbps , 45.57 MB)
  2. Tangents – Oberon – 12:46 (802 kbps , 73.26 MB)
  3. Tangents – Masist Cau – 6:40 (686 kbps , 32.7 MB)
  4. Tangents – Directrix – 1:39 (803 kbps , 9.52 MB)
  5. Tangents – N-mission – 6:22 (847 kbps , 38.61 MB)
  6. Tangents – Along The Forest Floor – 5:18 (660 kbps , 25.03 MB)
  7. Tangents – Maze Crescent Part I – 6:20 (774 kbps , 35.06 MB)
  8. Tangents – Maze Crescent Part II – 3:38 (368 kbps , 9.56 MB)

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Alphonso Johnson-Moonshadows-Yesterdays Dreams-Spellbound-REMASTERED-2CD-FLAC-2015-NBFLAC

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Release Name: Alphonso_Johnson-Moonshadows-Yesterdays_Dreams-Spellbound-REMASTERED-2CD-FLAC-2015-NBFLAC
Artist: Alphonso Johnson
Album: Moonshadows / Yesterday’s Dreams / Spellbound
Genre: Fusion
Year: 2015
Tracks: 16
Duration: 01:52:11
Size: 724.51 MB

Tracklist:

  1. Alphonso Johnson – Stump – 4:18 (983 kbps , 30.26 MB)
  2. Alphonso Johnson – Involuntary Bliss – 6:08 (903 kbps , 39.58 MB)
  3. Alphonso Johnson – Cosmoba Place – 6:11 (821 kbps , 36.32 MB)
  4. Alphonso Johnson – Pandora’s Box – 2:09 (887 kbps , 13.61 MB)
  5. Alphonso Johnson – Up From The Cellar – 5:41 (1015 kbps , 41.25 MB)
  6. Alphonso Johnson – Amarteifio – 4:46 (875 kbps , 29.79 MB)
  7. Alphonso Johnson – On The Case – 6:21 (889 kbps , 40.4 MB)
  8. Alphonso Johnson – Unto Thine Own Self Be True – 5:15 (1055 kbps , 39.61 MB)
  9. Alphonso Johnson – Love’s The Way I Feel ’bout Cha – 4:44 (909 kbps , 30.8 MB)
  10. Alphonso Johnson – As Little As You – 3:23 (877 kbps , 21.18 MB)
  11. Alphonso Johnson – Scapegoat – 5:09 (974 kbps , 35.84 MB)
  12. Alphonso Johnson – Show Us The Way – 4:55 (720 kbps , 25.31 MB)
  13. Alphonso Johnson – Balls To The Wall – 5:00 (976 kbps , 34.86 MB)
  14. Alphonso Johnson – Tales Of Barcelona – 2:15 (805 kbps , 12.99 MB)
  15. Alphonso Johnson – Flight To Hampstead Heath – 5:55 (899 kbps , 38.05 MB)
  16. Alphonso Johnson – One To One – 3:56 (957 kbps , 26.91 MB)
  17. Alphonso Johnson – Summer Solstice (First Movement) – 1:34 (864 kbps , 9.63 MB)
  18. Alphonso Johnson – Follow Your Heart – 4:42 (966 kbps , 32.45 MB)
  19. Alphonso Johnson – Bahama Mama – 4:06 (876 kbps , 25.7 MB)
  20. Alphonso Johnson – Nomads – 4:56 (825 kbps , 29.13 MB)
  21. Alphonso Johnson – Moonlight Conversations – 2:56 (673 kbps , 14.13 MB)
  22. Alphonso Johnson – Face Blaster – 4:05 (957 kbps , 27.96 MB)
  23. Alphonso Johnson – Feelings Are… (The Hardest Words To Say) – 5:06 (821 kbps , 29.98 MB)
  24. Alphonso Johnson – Earthtales Suite – 8:53 (925 kbps , 58.76 MB)

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Titi Robin – Taziri (2015) [Qobuz 24-44.1]

Titi Robin – Taziri (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:52:14 minutes | 600 MB | Genre: World, Fusion, Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | @ World Village/harmonia mundi

An explorer of his own universe which couldn’t be further from pre-formatted labels and fantasized cultural mixes, this album takes Titi Robin along the ridge trail around the Mediterranean with, at his side, Mehdi Nassouli, an enlightened travelling companion who brings with him his knowledge of Moroccan music. Music lovers will recognise in Taziri the legacy of other multi-secular forms of music such as the African source from which blues sprang. But, truth be told, the aesthetic alchemy of this album, which oscillates between dances and a form of gentle nostalgia, goes far beyond that. It is also an initiatory journey and a philosophical manifesto, since through the artistic radicalism of his author, we can hear the eternal beauty of the world.

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