The 1960s were, among other things, an era of musical exploration and discovery. Rock, pop, soul and even jazz all went through a period of transformation when the era of electronic instruments began to take hold and new sounds, unlike anything that had happened before, took hold. started to surge into pop culture.
The latter, jazz, slowly evolved into the genre known as jazz fusion. The classic improvisational style has been combined with other genres such as rock, Latin, funk and blues among others. The result is truly unique music in its complexity and sound. In appreciation of this genre, which developed from the late 60s and the same era that saw a huge boom in cannabis popularity, enjoy this suggested collection of wonderful jazz fusion albums at listen while being high.
Strain pairing recommendation: Acapulco Gold
There are only four songs on the album Head hunters, but make no mistake, there are over 40 minutes of gloriously funky beats to lose yourself in. Released in 1973, the first song, “Chameleon”, is perhaps one of Hancock’s most famous. This is not surprising as the 15 minute track features a powerful and captivating bassline that sets the stage for a whirlwind of funk and complexity. What follows is an album that forces the listener to dive ever deeper into a savage cacophony of madness and brilliance. The album ends with the aptly named “Vein Melter,” which slows things down with a sound that is both a melodious lullaby and a complex lyricless narrative.
Strain pairing recommendation: Maui wowie
Released in 1976, this seven-track album is a collaboration of eight musicians, including pianist Joe Zawinul; saxophonist Wayne Shorter; and bassist Jaco Pastorius, who appears on two tracks. A fundamental jazz fusion album, Black market presents a range of musical influences and draws heavily on African sounds. The album is often described as a “global fusion”. From the title track âBlack Marketâ to the latest âHeranduâ, the album takes the listener through a range of complex emotions, sensations and melodies that give the impression of having visited a world of spaces. .
Strain pairing recommendation: Blue Dream
Moving away from instrumental albums brings us to Interior visions and Wonder’s effortless voice paired with personal and politically impactful lyrics. One of the most notable aspects of the album is that Wonder recorded it almost on his own, playing all instruments on the majority of the nine tracks. Lyric themes include classics such as love and hard-hitting topics such as systematic racism, drug addiction, and even American politics. The tracks fluctuate in the sound of funk, ballads, soul and rock, while weaving classic jazz sounds. The album is engaging, entertaining and stimulating at the same time, offering a glimpse into the mind of one of the greats.
Strain pairing recommendation: Northern Lights
Released exactly 10 years after his acclaimed jazz album, A little blue, Davis presented to the world In a silent way, a brilliant blend of spatial, ambient and rich jazz fusion. The album marks the beginning of Davis’ adventure in the “electric” and “fusion” worlds, moving away from the more classic jazz records he had previously produced. Recorded in one session, the album gently draws the listener into imaginative and fascinating soundscapes. Best associated with a creative mind and a gentle strain, In a silent way will be happy to paint pictures in the minds of those who want to see.
5. Thrust by Herbie Hancock
Strain pairing recommendation: Durban poison
The circle is complete, we revisit Hancock to explore his album Thrust, released in 1974. The album followed Head hunters and received the same praise. Once again, Hancock proves that he only needs four tracks to present almost 40 minutes of immersive jazz-funk. Addicting basslines and a superior mix of electric instruments prepare a recipe for four tracks of tantalizing, funky and spatial sound and a truly immersive musical experience. This album can be heard, felt and almost tasted as it rolls up in perfect harmony. The strong funk influences will make it hard not to groove and move as you listen.
The world of jazz fusion offers a plethora of sounds and experiences as it explores the many ways in which jazz can complement and invigorate other genres such as rock, funk, soul, and more. I can’t think of a more immersive genre to explore hand in hand with the music-amplifying power of cannabis. Fire up the air and step into a world, a story and an experience.