85 Essential 60s and 70s Jazz Fusion Albums

From The Miles Davis To Steely Dan, This Is The List

Though the fusion of jazz and rock began brewing during the mid-60s, it really gained a foothold in the tumultuous year of 1969, when Miles Davis released the first of three ground-breaking "electric jazz" records, In A Silent Way. Many great jazz fusion records have been released since but it was during the 60s and 70s, the time of Miles and Weather Report and Return To Forever, that fusion was at its peak. Here are 85 Essential 60s and 70s Jazz Fusion Albums.

1
Miles Davis - In A Silent Way (1969)

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2
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew (1970)

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3
John McLaughlin/Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)

4
Weather Report - Weather Report (1971)

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5
Chick Corea - Return To Forever (1972)

6
Herbie Hancock - Headhunters (1973)

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7
Weather Report - Heavy Weather (1977)

8
Miles Davis - Jack Johnson (1970)

9
Tony Williams Lifetime - Emergency! (1969)

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10
Carlos Santana/John McLaughlin - Love, Devotion & Surrender (1972)

11
Weather Report - 8:30 (1979)

12
Stanley Clarke - School Days (1976)

13
John McLaughlin/Mahavishnu Orchestra - Bird Of Fire (1972)

14
Jaco Pastorius - Jaco Pastorius (1976)

15
Return To Forever - Light As A Feather (1972)

16
Don Ellis - Electric Bath (1967)

17
Blood, Sweat & Tears - Blood, Sweat & Tears (1969)

18
Frank Zappa - The Grand Wazoo (1973)

19
Soft Machine - Third (1970)

20
Santana - Lotus (1974)

21
Al DiMeola - Elegant Gypsy (1977)

22
The New Tony Williams Lifetime - Believe It (1975)

23
Steely Dan - Katy Lied (1975)

24
Billy Cobham - Spectrum (1973)

25
Return To Forever - Romantic Warrior (1976)

26
Larry Coryell - Introducing The Eleventh House (1974)

27
Jan Hammer and Jerry Goodman - Like Children (1975)

28
Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene (1976)

29
Donald Byrd - Electric Byrd (1969)

30
Stan Getz - Captain Marvel (1972)

31
Mark-Almond - To The Heart (1976)

32
Soft Machine - Six (1973)

33
Traffic - Low Spark Of The High Heeled Boys (1973)

34
Lonnie Liston Smith and the Cosmic Echoes - Expansions (1974)

35
Jean Luc Ponty - King Kong (1969)

36
Chicago - Chicago Transit Authority (1969)

37
Larry Coryell - Live At The Village Gate (1971)

38
The Brecker Brothers - Heavy Metal BeBop (1978)

39
Return To Forever - Where Have I Known You Before (1974)

40
Eddie Henderson - Sunburst (1975)

41
Soft Machine - Seven (1974)

42
Weather Report - I Sing The Body Electric (1972)

43
Pat Metheny - Pat Metheny Group (1978)

44
Herbie Hancock - Crossings (1972)

45
Steely Dan - Aja (1977)

46
Flora Purim - Stories To Tell (1974)

47
Blood, Sweat and Tears - Blood, Sweat and tears Four (1971)

48
Don Ellis Orchestra - Don Ellis At The Fillmore (1970)

49
Billy Cobham - Crosswinds (1974)

50
Weather Report - Black Market (1976)

51
Passport - Cross Collateral (1975)

52
Johnny McLaughlin - Electric Guitarist (1978)

53
Jon Luc Ponty - Enigmatic Ocean (1977)

54
Miroslav Vitous - Mountain In The Clouds (1969)

55
Miroslav Vitous (with Don Alias) - Majestic Music (1977)

56
Jan Garbarek - Esoteric Circle (1969)

57
The Brecker Brothers - The Brecker Brothers (1975)

58
Casiopeia - Casiopeia (1979)

59
Harvey Mason - Funk In A Mason Jar (1977)

60
Ron Carter - Blues Farm (1973)

61
John McLaughlin - My Goals Beyond (1970)

62
Soft Machine - Two (1969)

63
Ginger Baker's Air Force - Ginger Baker's Air Force (1972)

64
Blood, Sweat And tears - Child Is The Father To Man (1968)

65
Gary Burton - Duster (1967)

66
Chase - Chase (1971)

67
Jack DeJohnette's Directions - Untitled (1976)

68
Hubert Laws - Afro Classic (1970)

69
Bob James - Heads (1977)

70
Ralph McDonald - Counterpoint (1977)

71
Idris Muhammad - Black Rhythm Revolution (1970)

72
Quincy Jones - Body Heat (1974)

73
Lonnie Smith - Turning Point (1969)

74
Grover Washington, Jr. - Inner City Blues (1972)

75
Airto Moreira - Free (1972)

76
George Duke - The Inner Source (1973)

77
Wayne Shorter - Super Nova (1969)

78
Keith Jarrett And Jack DeJohnette - Ruta and Daitya (1971)

79
Eric Gales - Forecast (1973)

80
Al Kopper - Kooper Session (1969)

81
Ron Carter - Anything Goes (1975)

82
George Benson - Good King Bad (1975)

83
Gabor Szabo - Macho (1975)

84
Tom Scott And The L.A. Express - Blow It Out (1974)

85
Tower of Power - Back To Oakland (1974)