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by Seth Colter Walls

June 25, 2014

Radio: Can't Fake the Fusion

by Seth Colter Walls  |  June 25, 2014

"Fusion" can be a fraught term, loaded down as it sometimes is with the idea of sellouts playing light-impact riffs fit for a dentist's office. So for this soulful station, we've elected to rely on some heavy hitters: Miles Davis, Branford Marsalis (with his group Buckshot Lefonque) and Questlove (who has remixed fusion pianist Robert Glasper, in addition to playing in his own fusion-jazz trio, The Philadelphia Experiment).

If you caught the P-Funk reference in the name of this station, then you know we're not interested in timid grooves. So whether it's a George Duke slow jam, a dancefloor-friendly track by Donald Byrd or an uptempo Herbie Hancock collaboration with GrandMixer D.ST, trust that the low end will be well represented.

From jazz's R&B side, we've got contemporary cuts from vocalists like Jose James and Gregory Porter. (You might even hear Rahsaan Roland Kirk belt out a bit of classic soul music while playing flute, too.) And don't be surprised to hear Q-Tip or Guru rapping over guest stars from the world of jazz, either. From Roy Ayers' crossover vibe to Ornette Coleman's electric-guitar-enabled late period, we've got the fusion you need.

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