the best jazz-rock fusion music i've ever heard to this day (the most creative, explosive, fresh) was released in the year 1973.
here's what happened: electric virtuoso john mclaughlin's mahavishnu orchestra (featuring brilliant violinist, jerry goodman, amazing drummer, billy cobham, and creative keyboardist jan hammer) released 3 albums, including their best: "birds of fire." a stunning, spiritual electric masterpiece.
then herbie hancock [pictured] fused funk into the mix with his revolutionary album "headhunters," and joe zawinul, wayne shorter, mirislav vitous, and a mix of brilliant jazz-rock players helped weather report release its best album, "sweetnighter."
and, in my humble yet obviously correct opinion, the best jazz-rock fusion album of all time was released by chick corea: return to forever's "hymn of the 7th galaxy," a deep cosmic masterpiece, featuring the guy who made me quit playing bass, stanley clarke, slick sick drummer lenny white, and rock-jazz guitarist, bill connors.
all in all, an amazing fusion year.