I’ve been listening a lot this lately. Jakob Bro is making amazing music and the stuff with Jon is just other wordly.
You beat me to it, first thing that came into my mind.This wasn’t exactly concurrent to Mahavishnu, as I think Brand X’s origins follow along a couple of years later, but they’re a strong example of how British music started to explore the same directions. The boys were certainly aware of Mahavishnu, and while not influenced by them per se, to some extent I think they would say they were inspired by them.
Robin Lumley is one of my favorite writers and performers on keyboard, and the drummer is pretty good too
This is the first album they recorded as an official Brand X release, 1976’s Unorthodox Behaviour.
Definitely falls into the genre. Enjoying some of these suggestions I haven't heard! Nice topic.Well, if depends if we are talking a very narrow definition of a genre, or if we are talking the concept of "fusion," where jazz and rock (and lots of other things in various combinations) come together, usually with a focus on musicianship. Christian Vander said John Coltrane was a major influence on his musical vision, although "fused" in a progressive rock context with an apocalyptic cosmic mythology sung in alien chant. In terms of the more narrowly defined "jazz fusion" genre, however, have a listen to the last bit of their live album (the violin solo starting at 1:10:00), and see if it sounds akin to some of the more obvious "fusion" groups.
I think the label of "jazz fusion" or "jazz rock" had a lot to do with venue and marketing. Miles Davis played "jazz clubs" AND "rock" venues. The late 60s and early 70s were a really exciting time musically, and people were willing to cross genres and try things - and sometimes were given commercial contracts from big record companies to do so. God bless the internet for keeping interesting music available, because the large music companies today seem to support mostly facile music aimed at the largest possible audience. It's about appealing to the masses rather than trying to get people to open their ears.
Timeless brilliance! Then there’s this:As you can see there`s a kabillion bands and musicians in this "genre" and like anything, it has it`s cycles.... even fusion had it`s fuzack phase.
I had been playing drums for a few months, saw the following on tv and my world changed.