We all know the timeless classics I guess, Bird, Parker, Monk, etc, etc, and the innovators, Hancock, Davis, etc, etc, and the "new" stars like Corea, etc, etc...
...but what has happened recent years?
When I browse iTunes all I find are acoustic trios and quite a lot of walking baselines. Medeski, Martin & Wood is ok, but come on! Nostalgia and classics are all well and good, but I truly hope that the last development wasn't the fusion explosion of the 80s and 90s? What did I miss? (Tonnes, I hope.)
Also, I'm not interested in instrument specialists like Wooten, or extreme stuff like Tribal Tech or Weather Report.
I would however be interested in new jazz with a slight flavoring of electronic instruments (and not just a Rhodes). I think I'd frown upon drum machines and samples, though (Jazzmatazz proved that you don't need it).
*phew* Does that narrow it down? :)
EDIT: Since I mentioned Jazzmatazz can I just say that I already have Bluezeum, Bop City, Urbanator, Us3 and even Cool Bone and Youngblood Brass Band, so I'm covered in the area of blends between jazz and hip-hop, thank you. :)
Edited by eobet - 1/17/11 at 4:00pm