NY

Jazz fusion used to mean something a little more specific back in the day, but after a good few years into the 21st century, the term can even encompass albums like Brewed by Noon’s Stories to Tell, which muddles jazz, folk, and world music with a heavy dose of rock and experimental tropes. Just take a look at the group’s lineup: Aram Bajakian, Thierno Camara, Jon Madof, and bandleader Sean Noonan. Now add in some eclectic guest performers˜Abdoulaye Diabaté, Thiokho Diagne, Mat Maneri, Susan McKeown, Dawn Padmore, Jim Pugliese, and Marc Ribot˜and you have something that resembles a menu from one of those strange restaurants you sometimes encounter, like those Chinese/Cuban joints, Pizza/Donuts, Chicken/Waffles, you get the idea. If you’re in the mood for a far-reaching sonic smorgasbord, here’s your ticket.

—RN