Johnny Hammond – Gears (1975) (Audio)

Although the record cover doesn’t look the part, this album is filled with samples by contemporary artists, and it is brought to you by the great organists Johnny Hammond.

Eddie Russ – See The Light (1976) (Audio)

Eddie Russ is an unfamiliar name in many jazz circles, but his sound is definitely one that you should know.

Art Blakey & the Afro-Drum Ensemble – The African Beat (1962)

Art Blakey teams up with the Afro-Drum Ensemble as he records a jazz album fused with a traditional African sound.

Hugh Masekela – A Night in Tunisia (Audio) (Circa 1974)

Hugh Masekela fuses his African sound with a timeless Jazz classic.

Lonnie Liston Smith – Give Peace A Chance (Multiple Versions) (1975/1980)

Recorded years apart, this one song has crossed multiple genres, but the spiritual message remains constant.

Thundercat – The Golden Age of Apocalypse

Whether it’s trunk-rattling bass from Oakland’s newest rapper or the the mellow sensations of beachfront jazz, California has an undeniable charm. This appeal comes from a long lineage of gifted artists ranging from Roy Ayers to the Pharcyde. Few, however capture this essence quite like musician Thundercat.

George Benson – Bad Benson (1974)

Bad Benson is George Benson at his best. Pure guitar smoothness, mixed with an accompaniment of electronic and traditional instrumentation, this album has been revered by Hip Hop producers far and wide. Most people know Benson for his 80’s pop hits, which we all love, but in the 70’s, he was a master at jazz fusion and traditional jazz. It must also be noted that Ron Carter blessed this album with his magnificent bass, because he is Jazz’s stamp of approval! Here is the rest of the personnel and instrumentation from this album (via CD Universe):
George Benson (guitar); John Frosk, Alan Rubin, Joe Shepley (trumpet); Jim Buffington, Brooks Tillotson (French horn); Wayne Andre, Garbett Brown, Warren Covington, Paul Faulise (trombone); George Marge (flute, piccolo, English horn); Al Regni (flute, clarinet); Phil Bodner (alto flute, English horn, clarinet); Ray Beckenstein (flute); Seymour Barab, Frank Levy, Jesse Levy, Charles McCracken, Alan Shulman, Paul Tobias (cello); Margaret Ross (harp); Kenny Barron (piano); Phil Upchurch (guitar, bass, percussion); Ron Carter (bass); Steve Gadd (drums).

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Lalo Schifrin – Towering Toccata (1977)

The epitome of Disco and Funk fusion is Lalo Schifrin’s 1977 album Towering Toccata.