Best Of 2016

Best jazz-jam fusion: ACME JAZZ GARAGE

Best jazz-jam fusion

This quartet of vet jazz players (Matt Swenson, Bryan Lewis, Philip Booth and Tim Diehl) have been kicking out jams around town for the past five years. Acme Jazz Garage recently released a self-titled full-length, their first, which earned a glowing review in Relix magazine and showcases their brand of jazz-funk line-blurring and maintains their dynamic live appeal even with its impeccable production qualities. Add to that a super fine roster of guests (including conga master Gumbi Ortiz, NYC-based sax master Jeremy Powell and jazz singer Whitney James) and you have one damn fine musical infusion. Leilani olk