100 Greatest Fusion Recording Artists

Criteria: These Fusion Artisrs were chosen to chosen for their musical vision through their originality, influence, instrumental quality and creative inspiration.

Definition: In the late 1960s, jazz musicians began mixing the forms and improvisational techniques of jazz with the electric instruments of rock and the rhythms of soul and rhythm and blues. At the same time, some rock artists began adding jazz elements to their music. Fusion has gone on to often include world music and other elements. At its best, fusion music is often considered to be one of the most inventive, original and virtuosic musical genres.
Greatest Fusion Recording Artists
1. Miles Davis
2. Joe Zawinul
Weather Report, Zawinul Syndicate, Miles Davis, Solo
3. John McLaughlin
Mahavishnu Orchestra, Shakti, Miles Davis, Solo
4. Chick Corea
Return To Forever, Miles Davis, Elektric Band, Solo
5. Tony Williams
Lifetime, Miles Davis, Solo
6. Herbie Hancock
Headhunters, Miles Davis, Solo
7. Wayne Shorter - Weather Report, Miles Davis, Solo
8. Allan Holdsworth
Soft Machine, Soft Works, Solo
9. Billy Cobham
Mahavishnu Orchestra, Dreams, Solo
10. Scott Henderson
Tribal Tech, Zawinul Syndicate, Elektric Band, Solo
11. Carlos Santana
12. Michael Brecker
Brecker Brothers, Dreams, Joni Mitchell, Solo
13. Larry Coryell
The Eleventh House, Solo
14. Don Ellis
15. Mike Stern
Miles Davis, Stern/Berg Band, Chroma, Solo
16. Bob Berg
Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Stern/Berg Band, Chroma, Solo
17. Jaco Pastorius
Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, Solo
18. Mike Ratledge
Soft Machine
19. John Scofield
Miles Davis, Solo
20. Mike Mainieri
Steps Ahead, Solo
21. Jack DeJohnette
Miles Davis, Solo
22. Frank Zappa
23. Pat Metheny
Joni Mitchell, Solo
24. Al DiMeola
Return To Forever, Solo
25. Stanley Clarke
Return To Forever, Animal Logic, Solo
26. Jean Luc-Ponty
Frank Zappa, Solo
27. Jerry Goodman
Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Flock, Solo
28. Dennis Chambers
Stern/Berg Band, Chroma, Santana, Steely Dan, Solo
29. Elton Dean
Soft Machine, Soft Heap, Soft Works, Solo
30. Dave Holland
Miles Davis, Solo
31. Hugh Hoppper
Soft Machine, Isotope, Soft Works, Soft Heap, Gilgamesh, Solo
32. Randy Brecker
Brecker Brothers, Dreams, Chroma, Solo
33. Airto Moreira
Miles Davis, Weather Report, Return To Forever, Solo
34. Jimmy Johnson
Allan Holdsworth, Flim & The BB's, Planet X
35. Vinnie Colaiuta
Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, Solo
36. Bill Evans (Sax)
Miles Davis, Andy Summers, Solo
37. Andy Summers
Soft Machine, Solo
38. Mitchel Forman
Mahavishnu Orchestra, Metro, Solo
39. Jim Beard
Chroma, Stern/Berg Band, Bill Evans (Sax), Solo
40. Karl Jenkins
Nucleus, Soft Machine
41. Chad Wackerman
Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth, Solo
42. Flora Purim
Return To Forever, Solo
43. Jeff Beck
44. Leni Stern
45. Victor Wooten
Bela Fleck, Vital Tech Tones, Solo
46. Scott Kinsey
Tribal Tech, Michael Landau Group, Solo
47. Ian Carr
Nucleus, Solo
48. Virgil Donati
Planet X, Scott Henderson, Solo
49. Gary Willis
Tribal Tech, Solo
50. Derek Sherinian
Planet X, Solo

51. Tom Coster
Santana, Vital Information, Solo
52. Frank Gambale
Elektric Band, Solo
53. Bill Frisell
54. Dave Stewart
Bruford, Hatfield & The North, Gong, Egg, National Health
55. Joni Mitchell
56. Donald Fagen
Steely Dan, Solo
57. Kenny Garrett
Miles Davis, Solo
58. Brett Garsed
Planet X, Uncle Moe's Space Ranch, Solo
59. Bill Bruford
60. Wayne Johnson
61. Jan Hammer
Mahavishnu Orchestra, Solo
62. Tony MacAlpine
CAB, Virgil Donati, Planet X, Solo
63. Ronald Shannon Jackson
64. Wayne Krantz
Leni Stern, Billy Cobham, Steely Dan, Michael Brecker, Solo
65. Adam Holzman
Miles Davis, The Mahavishnu Project, Solo
66. Klaus Doldinger
Passport, Solo
67. Eddie Henderson
Headhunters, Solo
68. Dave Weckl
Elektric Band, Solo
69. Robben Ford
Miles Davis, Yellowjackets, Joni Mitchell, Solo
70. Miroslav Vitous
Weather Report, Solo
71. Marcus Miller
Miles Davis, Solo
72. Jeff Berlin
Allan Holdsworth, Tony Williams, Frank Gambale, Bruford, Solo
73. Robert Wyatt
Soft Machine, Matching Mole, Solo
74. Bunny Brunel
CAB, Chick Corea
75. Lenny White
Miles Davis, Return To Forever, Solo
76. David Torn
Gongzilla, Solo
77. Kazumi Watanabe
78. Gary Novak
Chick Corea, Scott Kinsey
79. Vernon Reid
Ronald Shannon Jackson, Solo
80. Joe Beck
81. Christian McBride
82. Lonnie Liston Smith
83. Kirk Covington
Tribal Tech, Scott Kinsey, Gary Willis
84. Marc Johnson
85. Lyle Mays
Pat Metheny Group, Solo
86. Keith Jarrett
Miles Davis, Solo
87. Warren Bernhardt
Steps Ahead, Mike Mainieri
88. Bela Fleck
89. Danny Gottlieb
Pat Metheny, Elements, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Al DiMeola
90. Michael Landau
91. Alain Caron
Uzeb, Solo
92. Bill Connors
Return To Forever, Solo
93. Jamaaldeen Tacuma
94. Bill Berg
Flim & The BB's, Wayne Johnson
95. Marc Egan
Pat Metheny, Chroma, Elements, Solo
96. Simon Phillips
Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Solo
97. Gary Husband
Allan Holdsworth, Solo
98. Brian Bromberg
99. Eliane Elias
Steps Ahead, Solo
100. Jon Hiseman
Miles Davis
Joe Zawinul
Allan Holdsworth
Billy Cobham
Pat Metheny