Music Man

Yours truly, Music Man It was in the mid 70s, while still in high school, that I discovered Fusion. After having listened to my older brother’s collection of popular artists, I turned on to a different type of music. I would spend many evenings with friends listening to their collection of albums from progressive rock and fusion jazz artists like Yes. ELP, Focus and Jan Akkerman, Pat Metheny, Narada Michael Walden, Larry Coryell, and others like Chick Corea, Al Di Meola, Jean-Luc Ponty and Jeff Beck. Over the years I built my own collection of hundreds of CDs and albums.

Years later, with a desire to share my extensive collection and my love of the music that I had been collecting for over a quarter century, I started looking at the possibility of building a terrestrial radio station in the area. When I found that there were no opportunities for a hobbyist broadcaster like me, I turned to internet radio. Internet radio gave me the freedom to put together my own format without having to be a ‘cookie-cutter’ station. Listeners and musicians love it because of the variety of music, and the fact that local and independent artists are played.

As a 50+ year old satellite operations manager with a nice collection of CDs and albums, I have been able to share my love of jazz rock and jazz fusion music through the creation of Fusion 101 on Internet radio. The station is broadcast from our home in Frederick, and in the short time that it has been operational I (and my alter-ego Music Man) have developed a small but loyal national and international fan base.

At Fusion 101 we bring you the best in Jazz Rock Fusion, combining the energy of Rock with the sophistication and improvisation of Jazz. I play only hand-picked songs from my extensive collection of worldwide 70s Fusion and Progressive Rock albums and CDs. Artists like: Al Di Meola, Passport, U.K., Gong, Jean-Luc Ponty, The Soft Machine, Tommy Bolin, Bill Brufford, Larry Coryell, King Crimson, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Allan Holdsworth, Soft Machine, Alphonse Mouzon, Jan Akkerman, Chick Corea, Area, Gentle Giant, Jan Hammer, Jeff Beck, Brand X, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Billy Cobham, Narada Michael Walden, Lenny White, Tony Williams, and many more!

Email me at station@fusion101radio dot com.

Thanks for listening,
Luis Jimenez (Music Man)

Featured Album

Raymond Gomez – Volume

When listening to Volume, it soon becomes evident that Ray Gomez gets more soul, more feel, and more tone, than any other guitar player on the planet. Add in impeccable placed notes with “Albert King-like” timing, the album represents guitar playing that is hard to beat. Something else that needs to be said, Ray “rocks”. He is very keen on the groove within a song. Besides blistering leads, Ray keeps funk and rock groove rhythm in his playing. One could listen to Blues for Mez or West Side Boogie and say, “Well, there’s killer blues being played, funk being played, and a steady rockin’ groove. In essence, Ray Gomez is nothing short of a powerhouse. He gets more out of a guitar than is almost humanly possible, yet he does not overplay. Ray has the uncanny ability to play exactly what is needed for a song, yet with innovation, feel, and soaring power. U.S.A. is actually my favorite song on the record. It also establishes another front — that Ray is a damn good song writer and composer. Volume is a hidden gem that needs to be rediscovered. It’s still relevant and fresh today as it was when first released. Charles Wilson

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