Forty-Seven Times Its Own Weight

Forty-Seven Times Its Own Weight were an American jazz-rock band from Austin that released the album Cumulo Nimbus on local-press Fable Records in 1975. Members: Mel Winters (trumpet), Paul Ostermayer (saxophone), Robert “Dude” Skiles (keyboards), Spencer Starnes (bass), John Treanor (drums) Forty-Seven Times Its Own Weight released their singular album, Cumulo Nimbus, on Fable Records […]


Auracle was an American jazz-rock band that released two albums on Chrysalis in 1978 and 1979. The members released an earlier album as Inner Vision. Along with The Muffins and Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Auracle were one of the few instrumental acts of this period to make extensive use of mallets. Members: Richard C. Braun (trumpet, […]

Les DeMerle

Les DeMerle (Nov. 4, 1946) is an American jazz drummer from Brooklyn who released the album Spectrum on United Artists in 1968. After doing time behind bandleader Harry James, DeMerle released the jazz-rock album Transfusion on Dobre Records in 1978. The title inspired the name of his backing act for the ensuing Transcendental Watusi, issued […]


Stardrive were an American electro-jazz/funk band that released the album Intergalactic Trot on Elektra in 1973, followed by a self-titled album on Columbia in 1974. Members: Harvey Sarch (Guitar), Howard Rego (Drums), Jaime Austria (Bass), Robert Mason (Synthesizer) Discography: Intergalactic Trot (1973) Stardrive (1974)

Solar Plexus

Solar Plexus were an American jazz-rock band that released two albums on Evidence Music in 1975 and 1976, followed by another pair of titles on Inner City Records at the turn of the 1980s. Members: Denny Berthiaume (keyboards), Randy Masters (trumpet, percussion) Discography: Solar Plexus (1975) Voices (1976) Solar Plexus (1979) Earth Songs (1980)

Spyro Gyra

Spyro Gyra are an American jazz-funk band from Buffalo, formed in 1977. Members: Jay Beckenstein (saxophone, lyricon), Jeremy Wall (piano, keyboards, percussion, 1977-81), Jim Kurzdorfer (bass, 1977-79), Tom Walsh (drums, percussion, 1977-78), Umbopha Emile Latimer (percussion, 1978-79), Dave Samuels (vibraphone, 1978-93), Tom Schuman (piano, synthesizer, 1980-present), Gerardo Velez (percussion, 1984-88), Kim Stone (bass, 1984-87), Chet […]

Natural Life

Natural Life were an American jazz-rock band from Minnesota that released three albums between 1976 and 1977. Members: Mike Elliott (guitar), Bob Rockwell (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute), Bobby Peterson (piano), Billy Peterson (bass), Steve Kimmel (congas, tabla, percussion, timbales), Bill Berg (drums), Eric Gravatt (drums) Discography: All Music (1976) Unnamed Land (1976) Natural Life […]


Spaces were an American jazz-rock band from Provo, Utah, that released the album Border Station in 1981. Members: Roger Nichols (piano, synthesizer, clarinet), Anthony Perry (drums, percussion), Wendell C. Jones, (bass), Randy Hall (guitar), David Carrilo (percussion), Rand Keith (saxophone) Discography: Border Station (1981)


Yellowjackets are an American jazz-rock band from Los Angeles. Members: Bob Mintzer (saxophone, EWI), Jimmy Haslip (bass), Russell Ferrante (piano, keyboards), Marcus Baylor (drums, percussion), Marc Russo (horns), William Kennedy (drums, percussion), Ricky Lawson (drums, percussion) Discography: Yellowjackets (1981) Mirage à Troîs (1983) Samurai Samba (1985) Shades (1986) Four Corners (1987) Politics (1988) The Spin […]


Shadowfax were an American jazz-rock band from Chicago that debuted with the album Watercourse Way in 1976. Members: Chuck Greenberg (Lyricon, saxophone, flute, oboe, recorder, 1972-95), Phil Maggini (bass, 1972-95), Stuart Nevitt (drums, tabla, percussion, 1972-95), Greg Stinson (guitar, sitar, vocals, 1972-90), Doug Maluchnik (keyboards), Jamii Szmadzinski (violin), Jared Stewart (keyboards), Emil Richards (percussion), David […]


Santana are an American Latin-rock jam band from San Francisco, formed in 1966 by guitarist Carlos Santana. Members: Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, vocals, 1966-72), Rod Harper (drums, 1966-67), Gus Rodriguez (bass, 1966-67), Michael Carabello (congas, 1966-67, 1969-71), Tom Frazier (guitar, 1966-67), Bob “Doc” Livingston (drums, 1967-69), David Brown (bass, 1967-71, 1974-76), Marcus […]

Jerry Goodman

Jerry Goodman (born March 16, 1949) is an American violinist from Chicago who played in jazz-psych pioneers The Flock during the late 1960s. Between 1971 and 1973, he played in the first lineup of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, appearing on the albums The Inner Mounting Flame and Birds of Fire. Discography: Like Children (1974 • Jerry […]


Mosaic were an American jazz-rock band from Peoria, Ill., that released a self-titled album in 1978. Members: Catherine J. Hall (flute, soprano recorder, vocals), Johnse Holt (12-string electric guitar), Dennis Kita (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone), Rocky David Maffit (percussion, autoharp, vocals), Jeff Miller (drum), Neal Robinson (piano, synthesizer, electric piano, Hammond organ, Farfisa), […]

Jaco Pastorius

Jaco Pastorius (1951–1987) was an American bassist renown for his fretless style. He exploded onto the scene in 1976 with a star-backed solo album and guest appearances on titles by Joni Mitchell (Hejira) and Pat Metheny (Bright Size Life). That year, he joined Weather Report for a six-album stint. Background He was born John Francis […]


Matrix were an American jazz-rock band from Appleton, Wisc., that released four albums between 1976 and 1980. Members: Larry Darling (trumpet, flugel horn, Moog, percussion, vocals), Kurt Dietrich (trombone, synthesizer, vocals), Mike Hale (trumpet, flugel horn, congas, percussion, vocals), John Harmon (piano, electric piano, synthesizer, percussion), John Kirchberger (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, alto flute, […]

Chainsaw Jazz

Chainsaw Jazz was an American jazz-rock band that released the album DisConcerto on Cuneiform in 1993. Members: Mark Stanley (guitar), Christian Nagle (guitar), Mark Smoot (bass), Mark Gilbert (saxophone, clarinet), Ed Maguire (violin, electric mandolin), Paul Sears (drums) DisConcerto was released on Cuneiform Records (cat# RUNE 46) in 1993. It features 15 songs and a […]

The Muffins

The Muffins were an American jazz-rock band that released two proper albums: the Canterbury-style Manna / Mirage (1978) and the No Wave-inspired 185, both on the avant-garde DC label Random Radar Records. Tracks from their earlier incarnation (circa 1975–76) later surfaced on the Cuneiform CD Chronometers. They backed Fred Frith on his 1980 Ralph Records […]


Lips were an American jazz-rock band that issued a self-titled album in 1979. Members: Al Harrison (trumpet, flugelhorn), Al “Alfie” Williams (baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, flute), Bob Malach (tenor saxophone), James Tinsley (trumpet, flugelhorn) Discography: Lips (1979)

Pat Martino

Pat Martino — aka Pat Azzara (born Aug. 25, 1944) — is an American jazz guitarist from Philadelphia. Discography: El Hombre (1967) Strings! (1967) Baiyina (The Clear Evidence) (1968) East! (1968) Desperado (1970) The Visit! (1972) Live! (1973) Consciousness (1974) Joyous Lake (1976) Starbright (1976) We’ll Be Together Again (1976) Exit (1977) The Return (1987)


Upryzing were an American jazz-rock band that released the album Conversion by Fire in 1978. Members: Glenn Morrison (flugelhorn), Ron Bedal (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, ARP Odyssey, synthesizer, piano, Rhodes), Peter Hix (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, guitar synthesizer), Richard Drexler (Rhodes, piano, acoustic bass), Thomas Kini (bass), Clay Hulet (drums, percussion), Ernie Denov Discography: Conversion […]

This Oneness

This Oneness were an American jazz-rock band from Minneapolis that released the album Surprize in 1975. Members: Bernie Pershey (drums, percussion, vocals), Douglas Nelson (electric bass, vocals, percussion), Dale Strength (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, percussion), Gregg Inhofer (vocals, piano, guitar, 12-string guitar, percussion), Robyn Lee (flute, saxophone, organ, synthesizer, vocals) Discography: Surprize (1975)

Sea Level

Sea Level were an American jazz-rock band from Georgia that released five albums between 1977 and 1980. Members: Chuck Leavell (keyboards, vocals), Jimmy Nalls (guitar, vocals), Lamar Williams (bass, vocals), Jai Johanny Johanson [aka Jaimoe] (drums, percussion, 1976-78), George Weaver (drums, 1977-78), Davis Causey (guitar, 1977-80), Randall Bramblett (keyboards, saxophone, percussion, vocals, 1977-80), Joe English […]

The Jeff Lorber Fusion

The Jeff Lorber Fusion were an American jazz-rock band from Philadelphia led by keyboardist Jeff Lorber (born Nov. 4, 1952). The band released five albums between 1977 and 1981, after which Lorber continued as a solo artist. Members: Jeff Lorber (keyboards), Lester McFarland (bass), Terry Layne (reeds, flute), Ron Young (percussion), Dennis Springer (saxophone), Freddie […]


Proteus were an American jazz-rock band from Chicago that was active from 1978 to 1985. In 1981, the band released the album Infinite Change on self-press Proteus International Records Inc. Members: Sergio Nespola (drums), Grant Austin (bass), Brian Zercher (keyboards), Ole Riise (guitar), Rob Williams (guitar), Tim Tobias (keyboards), Bill Dickens (bass) Discography: Infinite Change […]

Ronald Shannon Jackson

Ronald Shannon Jackson (Jan. 12, 1940 — Oct. 19, 2013) was an American jazz-funk drummer from Fort Worth, Tex., who was prominent on the New York avant-garde scene during the 1980s. Discography: Eye on You (1980 • Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society) Nasty (1981 • Shannon Jackson & The Decoding Society) Street Priest […]


Journey are an American hard-rock/soul band from San Francisco that released nine proper albums and a live double-LP on Columbia between 1975 and 1986. Members: Neal Schon (guitar), Ross Valory (bass, 1973-85, 1995-present), Gregg Rolie (vocals, keyboards, 1973-80), George Tickner (guitar, 1973-75), Prairie Prince (drums, 1973-74), Aynsley Dunbar (drums, 1974-78), Robert Fleischman (vocals, 1977), Steve […]

Vital Information

Vital Information are an American jazz-rock supergroup that has been active on a sporadic basis since the mid-1980s. Members: Tom Coster (keyboards), Baron Browne (bass), Steve Smith (drums), Frank Gambale (guitar), Vinny Valentino (guitar, 2006-present) Discography: Orion (1984) Global Beat (1986) Fiafiaga (Celebration) (1988) Vitalive! (1991) Easier Done Than Said (1992) Ray of Hope (1996) […]

L.A. Express

L.A. Express was an American jazz-funk band that released four albums between 1974 and 1976, the first two with featured saxophonist Tom Scott. Their first album features keyboardist Joe Sample and guitarist Larry Carlton, who cleared out respectively for Larry Nash and Robben Ford. Members: David Luell, Joe Sample, John Guerin, Larry Carlton, Larry Nash, […]

Stone Alliance

Stone Alliance were an American jazz-rock band that released four albums between 1976 and 1980. Members: Don Alias (drums, 1976-present), Gene Perla (bass, 1976-present), Steve Grossman (tenor saxophone, 1976-77), Mitch Stein (guitar, 1996-02), Kenny Kirkland (keyboards, 1981-83), Mark Gray (keyboards, 1978), Bob Mintzer (tenor saxophone, 1982-83), Gerry Bergonzi (saxophone, 1981), Kenny Werner (keyboards, 1982) Discography: […]


Matrix were an American jazz-rock band from Wisconsin that released an eponymous album in 1975 on local-press Pro-Gress Records. Members: Jack Grassel (guitar), David Philips (bass), Dave Schostac (saxophone, flute, vocals), Dennis Klopfer (keyboards), Andy LoDuca (drums, synthesizer) Discography: Matrix (1975)

John Klemmer

John Klemmer (born July 6, 1946) is an American saxophonist and composer from Chicago. Discography: Involvement (1967 • The John Klemmer Quartets) And We Were Lovers (1968) All the Children Cried (1969) Blowin’ Gold (1969) Eruptions (1970) Constant Throb (1971) Waterfalls (1972) Intensity (1973) Magic and Movement (1974) Fresh Feathers (1974) Touch (1975) Barefoot Ballet […]


Jasmine were an American jazz-rock band that released an eponymous album in 1979. Members: Roger Rosenberg (saxophone, clarinet, flute), Steve Berrios (drums, percussion, congas), Bill O’Connell (piano, keyboards), Lee Smith (bass) Discography: Jasmine (1979)

Larry Coryell

Larry Coryell (April 2, 1943 — Feb. 19, 2017) was an American guitarist who emerged in the late-1960s jazz-rock-psych combo The Free Spirits. During the mid-1970s, he led the jazz-rock supergroup The Eleventh House, cutting the albums Introducing, Level One, and Aspects. He also partook in Wolfgang Dauner’s Et Cetera with Colosseum drummer Jon Hiseman, […]

John Thomas & Lifeforce

John Thomas & Lifeforce were an American jazz-rock band that released two albums in 1980/81. Members: Gunnar Plümer (bass), Stefan Kremer (drums), Ponda O’Bryan (percussion), Andy Lumpp (piano), Monika Linges (vocals), Garcia Morales (drums), Eddy Veldman (percussion) Discography: Devil Dance (1980 • John Thomas & Lifeforce) 3000 Worlds (1981 • John Thomas & Lifeforce)


Hiroshima were an American New Age/smooth jazz ensemble from Los Angeles. Members: Members: Daniel Kuramoto (flute, saxophone, woodwinds), June Kuramoto (koto), Johnny Mori (percussion, taiko, 1974-2003), Dave Iwataki (keyboards, 1974-79), Danny Yamamoto (drums), Peter Hata (guitar, 1974-84), Dane Matsumura (bass guitar, 1977-80), Teri Kusumoto (vocals, 1977-82), Jess Acuna (vocals, 1977-82), Richard Matthews (keyboards, 1979-80), Barbara […]

Bill Watrous

Bill Watrous (June 8, 1939 — July 2, 2018) was an American jazz trombonist from Middletown, Conn. Discography: In Love Again (1968) Bone Straight Ahead (1973) Manhattan Wildlife Refuge (1974) Tiger of San Pedro (1975) One More Time (1976 • The Danny Stiles – Bill Watrous Five) Watrous in Hollywood (1979) I’ll Play for You […]


Atmospheres were an American jazz-rock supergroup that released two albums on Capitol in 1974. Members: Clive Stevens, John Abercrombie, Billy Cobham, Steve Khan, Rick Laird, Ralph Towner, Harry Wilkinson Discography: Atmospheres Featuring Clive Stevens & Friends (1974) Voyage to Uranus (1974 • Atmospheres Featuring Clive Stevens)

Full Circle

Full Circle were an American jazz-rock band from Las Vegas that released an eponymous album in 1977. Members: John Phillips (saxophone), Dick Wright (trumpet), Danny Skea (electric piano), Bob Badgley (bass), Alex Acuna (drums, percussion), Walfredo De Los Reyes (drums, percussion), Don Alias (congas, percussion) Discography: Full Circle (1977)

Dixie Dregs

Dixie Dregs were an American jazz-rock/bluegrass band from Miami that released three albums on Capricorn between 1977 and 1979, followed by another trio of titles on Arista between 1980 and 1982. Members: Steve Morse (guitar), Andy West (bass, 1973-82, 1997-2000), Mark Parrish (keyboards, 1973-74, 1977-80), Allen Sloan (violin, 1973-82, 1992, 1997-2000), Bart Yarnal (drums, 1973-74), […]


Coalition were an American jazz-rock band from N.Y.C. that released two albums between 1975 and 1978. Members: Don Goodness (trumpet, flugelhorn), Dennis “Monk” Rowe (saxophone, flute), Patrick Carmody (electric bass, tuba), Stan Gosek (piano), Tom McGrath (drums, percussion), Bill Nicholson (drums, marimba, percussion) Discography: Mindsweepers (1975) Birth (1978)


Caldera was an American Latin jazz-rock band that released four albums between 1976 and 1980 on Capitol. Members: Eduardo del Barrio (synthesizer, electric piano, piano, Moog, clavinet, percussion, vocals), Jorge Strunz (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, percussion), Steve Tavaglione (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto flute, flute, bass), Carlos Vega (drums, percussion, 1976-77), Mike “Baiano” […]


Artport were an American jazz-rock band from Champlin, Minn., that released an eponymous album in 1982. Bassist John Purtle resurfaced behind guitarist Michael Lee Firkins on a string of albums during the 1990s. Members: Peter K. Ward (guitar), John Purtle (bass), Ron Morris (drums) Discography: Artport (1982)