The commingling of jazz and rock dates back to the late '60s, when artists like Miles Davis and Frank Zappa started feeling around for new ways to stretch out. That spectral sound that we've come to know as “fusion” has only widened over the ensuing decades, with all kinds of influences—funk, soul, blues—being adventurously mapped onto jazz's template. What follows is a snapshot of today's most invigorating jazz-centric hybrids, for listeners seeking progressive, improvisatory thrills. Our editors regularly update this playlist. If you like a song, add it to your library.

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