Saturday, August 14, 2010

Best Fusion Jazz

Genre: Jazz
WHAT’S the difference between contemporary jazz fusion and elevator music?
You don’t know either, eh? Well, I can tell you that you’re not about to discover the answer from this particular collection.
The opening track, Warren Hill’sLa Dolce Vita, is a frightening exercise in bland anonymity. Given that there are 30 tracks spread over two CDs, I was preparing myself for a slow, torturous assault but things did improve.
Mark Portman’s Westside has some adventurous keyboard work, Martell’s Parachute is an excellent semi-psychedelic trip, MakroSoft’sErotic Rebirthing, FunkService International’s Latin-themedAquablanca and Lola Dultronic’s dramatic La Maritza save this album from being a complete dud.
Unfortunately though, overall, it just provides further proof that much of jazz fusion really is just background material.