Ambient Jazz/Fusion And Progressive Ensembles

I've modified the old explanation a little. Here's the new one if you have a minute:

This group is here to support and honor an under-rated and integral world: jazz/fusion bands, and other ensembles, who are/were not afraid to mix their musical skill and exhibitionism with sonic depth, ambience, sentiment and technology. For some reason, this is actually still not common. The music world still tries to separate experimental improvisation from diatonic and modal approaches, rather than taking an all-inclussive stance. There is nothing "free" about that to us.

There is a difference between modal music and idiomatic music, and only idiots think otherwise haha. Go and look it up. Just like when comedian Paul Mooney says "Jesus Was Black And So Was Cleopatra - Know Your History." We say "Modes And Scales Are As Non-Idiomatic As Tambour - Know Your Theory."

Here are examples of artists who cover the general style range we like to see in this group. Most of them are unsung heroes even though they've managed to establish themselves. They are icons that are still not imitated enough. And/but, still, this list is only to show general criteria, not specific.

TERJE RYPDAL
JOHN ABERCROMBIE
WEATHER REPORT
RETURN TO FOREVER
ALLAN HOLDSWORTH
JACK DEJOHNETTE
STEVE TIBBETTS
RIENER BRUNINGHAUS
EIVIND AARSET
TORTOISE
KNEEBODY
JAGA JAZZIST
MODESKY, MARTIN & WOOD (experimental material)
TOMAS DVORAK (FLOAX)
DARYLL DOBSON
STEPS AHEAD (electronic material)
JON HASSELL
BILL LAZWELL
NILS PETTER MOLVAER
NELS CLINE
ALEX CLINE
BAD BAD NOT GOOD
STEVE REICH
MILES DAVIS (the psychedelic experimental period)
BILLY COBAM
JAN GARBEREK
CANNONBALL ADDERLY (experimental material)
ALICE COLTRANE (not John)
BILL FRISELL
DAVID TORN
MARK ISHAM
MARTY FOGEL
MICHAEL SHRIEVE
JAN HAMMER (early)
HERBIE HANDCOCK (early)
KIT WATKINS (early)
PAT METHENY (early)
BRAND X (early)
DAVID SANCIOUS
DIETHELM & FAMULARI
MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA
JAN LUC PONTY

And I don't mean to shriek my own horn, but to make a point, my band The Stratos Ensemble, among a few other lesser-known bands today, are of the only ones trying to re-introduce this extremely valid and forgotten art form that originated in the 70s---ambient, electro-acoustic jazz.

The majority has grown dependent on thinking of bands as being black or white; either accessible, or experimental; either minimal, or busy; either slow, or fast; either exhibitionistic, or simple. God forbid an ensemble who might mix ALL of those extremes. Is that really considered "bad music" by the crazy purists out there? There are legendary bands who are known for mixing extremes. What do the purists call them?

Help us build a new community one brick at a time. We know you're out there, fans and bands alike.

Just bear in mind that, oppositely, we have distain for any hyper-commercial sound. This group leans more towards experimentalism than accessibility.

And aside from that, all are welcome! Explore and discover!