Jazz's relationship with rock music has been a fruitful — and explosive — one. From Miles Davis' sprawling musical explorations in the 70s, to Frank Zappa's psychotic and hilarious compositions, the mention of 'jazz fusion' suggests the merging of jazz with other genres, even if most of it has found solace with mainly funk and R&B.
John Zorn, an avant-garde composer and famed saxophonist, fervently pushed the experimental side of the genre in the 80s and early 90s with Naked City — occupying extreme territory that borders on excruciating for some, he sought inspiration from hardcore punk, grindcore, noise and even surf rock to propel jazz to fresh and stunningly original levels.
This video captures the band in their element in 1996, performing live with vocalist Yamatsuka Eye, who's best known for his work with Japanese experimental rock band Boredoms. Watch: