Bootleg Audio
Circa 1970’s – 80’s

These vintage recordings feature live performances from some of the most influential artists of the day, whose work defined the Jazz Fusion genre in its formative stages.

When launched in 2006, this page featured recordings that were captured mostly from FM radio broadcasts in Europe and Japan.  I’d acquired copies of these and other shows on analog cassette tape in 1996-1997 when I was active in the tape trading world.  I converted about 75 hours of audio tape to digital format (cassette  –> .wav  –> .wma) to be posted and shared at this site.

Since then I’ve posted an additional 1700+ hours of audio, acquired from a number of trades, and from the Sugarmegs archive.  With the help of many contributors, this collection has expanded to become the Web’s largest open-access source for non-commercial, vintage Jazz Fusion recordings. 

The fidelity of the sound is generally imperfect, but the importance of this music can clearly be heard.  

Please note that these recordings have never been intended for commercial release. This music has not been, nor ever will be for sale, on sale, set sail, bought, sold, rolled or plundered. This music was recorded by fans; collected, copied, traded or given, with no monies exchanged.

This collection is presented here in that same spirit of sharing, and may not be used for any commercial purpose.

If you have some similar vintage Jazz Fusion audio that you’d like to share, please let me know

Mac users can play downloaded wma files using this freeware.

Happy listening!

Rich Rivkin

Al DiMeola 1980-08-03 Pine Crest, Shelton CT Download Play
Al DiMeola John McLaughlin Paco DeLucia 1983-10-14 Chicago A Download Play
Anthony Braxton 1980-01-26 Haverford College PA Download Play
Billy Cobham 1987-06-27 Montreal Jazz Festival Canada Download Play
Brecker Brothers 1977-05-26 The Bottom Line NYC Download Play
Brecker Brothers 1979-03-09 Early Set, Berklee Performance C Download Play
Brecker Brothers w Ronnie Cuber 1983-03-23 Lush Life NYC Download Play
Brian Augers Oblivion Express 1972-01-15 Jugendzentrum Gaske Download Play
Chick Corea Elektric Band 1987-06-01 Chicago IL Download Play
Dave Holland Quintet 1984-11 Bloomsbury Theatre, London UK Download Play
Flora Purim 1975-03-03 Terminal Island Federal Prison, San P Download Play
Harvey Mandel 1974-03-22 Stadthalle Heidelberg Germany Download Play
Herbie Hancock + Headhunters 1973-10-28 Fairfield Theatre, E Download Play
Herbie Hancock + Chick Corea 1979-06-16 Playboy Jazz Festiva Download Play
Jaco Pastorious 1986-03-04 Haus Der Kultur, Balzano Italy Download Play
Jaco Pastorious And Word Of Mouth Big Band 1983-05-21 Kosein Download Play
Jaco Pastorious And Word Of Mouth Big Band 1983-07-29 Pier 8 Download Play
Jaco Pastorious And Word Of Mouth Big Band 1983-10-21 Berkle Download Play
Jaco Pastorius Trio 1986-10-31 The Dock, Tiburon CA Download Play
Jan Garbarek Orchestra 1987-05-20 Oslo Norway Download Play
Jean Luc Ponty Quartet 1969-02-17 Westdeutschen Rundfunks, C Download Play
Jeff Beck Jan Hammer Band 1976-06-12 Burbank CA Download Play
Jeff Beck Jan Hammer Band 1976-07-20 Memorial Auditorium, Au Download Play
Jeff Lorber Fusion 1980-05 My Fathers Place, Roslyn NY Download Play
John McLaughlin 1982-05-10 Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque NM Download Play
John Mclaughlin 1985-08-22 Front Row Theater, Cleveland OH Download Play
John McLaughlin Al DiMeola Paco DeLucia 1983-10-24 Kiva Audi Download Play
Keith Jarrett 1972-09-17 Dramaten Theater, Stockholm Sweden Download Play
Keith Jarrett 1974-07-16 Pescara Italy Download Play
Keith Jarrett 1981-06-10 Palais Des Sports, Saint Sauveur Li Download Play
Keith Jarrett + Jan Garbarek 1974-04-18 NDR Jazzworkshop, Ha Download Play
Keith Jarrett Quartet 1977-10-13 Salle Pleyel, Paris France Download Play
Keith Jarrett Quintet Berlin 1973-11-03 Philharmonie Berlin Download Play
Keith Jarrett Trio 1983-09-08 Village Vanguard, NYC Download Play
Larry Coryell + Emily Remler 1985-12-11 Four Queens Hotel, L Download Play
Larry Coryell 1969-12 Darbys, Grinnel Iowa Download Play
Lyle Mays Trio 1986-04-27 Berklee Performing Arts Center, Bo Download Play
Mahavishnu Orchestra 1974-09-07 Kongresshalle, Frankfurt Ger Download Play
Maynard Ferguson 1974-12-17 Alter High School, Kettering OH Download Play
Maynard Ferguson 1978-10-22 Kleinhans Music Hall , Buffalo N Download Play
Maynard Ferguson 1979-07-05 Summerfest, Milwaukee WI Download Play
Maynard Ferguson 1984-10-14 Indiana University, Bloomington Download Play
McCoy Tyner Sextet 1978-10-24 Umea Jazz Festival, Sweden Download Play
Miles Davis 1970-02-21 Ann Arbor Blues And Jazz Festival, MI Download Play
Miles Davis 1974-04-16 Keystone Corner, San Francisco CA Download Play
Miles Davis 1984-12-14 Falke Scenen, Copenhagen Denmark Download Play
Oregon 1989-10-17 Bahnhof Langendreer, Bochum Germany Download Play
Shakti 1976-06-28 Wollman Rink, NYC Download Play
Soft Machine 1969-10-28 Amougies Hainaut Belgium Download Play
Soft Machine 1970-10-24 De Doelen, Rotterdam Holland Download Play
Soft Machine 1972-07-07 Kings Cross Cinema, London UK Download Play
Stanley Clarke 1985-06-11 Toads Place, New Haven CT Download Play
Terje Rypdal 1974-02-17 FM Broadcast Download Play
Weather Report 1979-06-16 Playboy Jazz Festival, Hollywood B Download Play
Weather Report 1983-03-20 Orpheum Theater, Boston MA Download Play
Weather Report 1983-05-19 Teatro Tenda Lampugnano, Milano It Download Play
Al DiMeola + Paco DeLucia + John McLaughlin 1981-04-12 The O Download Play
Al DiMeola Electric Rendezvous 1982-02-03 w Steve Gadd, Star Download Play
Allan Holdsworth and IOU 1983-09-09 Late, The Club, Cambridg Download Play
Bill Bruford 1979-07-18 Toads Place, New Haven CT Download Play
Bill Bruford 1979-07-26 Punch And Judy Theatre, Grosse Point Download Play
Bill Bruford 1979-08-17 Ol` Man Rivers, New Orleans LA Download Play
Billy Bang + Don Cherry Quartet 1984-03-26 Tramps, NYC Download Play
Billy Bang Trio 1981-10-15 Inroads, NYC Download Play
Billy Bang, The Fire Within 1985-12-30 Neither Nor, NYC Download Play
Billy Bang, Vietnam Aftermath 2002-08-23 Saalfelden Austria. Download Play
Billy Cobham Consortium 1985-11-08 Stuttgart Germany Download Play
Brand X 1978-10-31 Bottom Line, NYC Download Play
Chick Corea + Gary Burton 1983-10-21 Staatsoper, Hamburg Ger Download Play
Chick Corea 1972-05-13 Carnegie Hall, NYC Download Play
Herbie Hancock 1971-07-29 Tivoli, Copenhagen Denmark Download Play
Herbie Hancock 1972-03-18 Kantonschule Baden Switzerland Download Play
Jack DeJohnette Special Edition 1981-10-31 McCabes Guitar Wo Download Play
Jaco Pastorius Word Of Mouth Band 1982-04-15 Rissmillers CC, Download Play
Jaco Pastorius + Mike Stern + Bob Moses 1982-11-03 55 Grand Download Play
Jean Luc Ponty 1977-10-08 Palladium NYC Download Play
Jean Luc Ponty 1979-11-10 Palladium, NYC Download Play
Jean Luc Ponty 1988-07-13 Hamburg Germany Download Play
Jean Luc Ponty Band 1988-07-08 Jazzfest, Wiesen Austria Download Play
Jeff Lorber Fusion 1979 Golden Bear, Huntington Beach CA Download Play
Joe Farrell + Woody Shaw 1985-03-29 Enschede Holland Download Play
John McLaughlin + Jonas Hellborg 1985-07-19 Royal Festival H Download Play
John McLaughlin + Paco DeLucia 1987-06-12 Schlossof Tubingen Download Play
John McLaughlin + Paco DeLucia 1987-06-26 Royal Festival Hal Download Play
John McLaughlin One Truth Band 1979-04-22 Lisner Auditorium, Download Play
Jonas Hellborg Quartet 1986-10-29 Nefertiti Jazz Club, Gothe Download Play
Keith Jarrett + Gary Peacock + JackDeJohnette 1984-12-18 Mas Download Play
Keith Jarrett + Gary Peacock + Jack DeJohnette 1985-07-10 Mo Download Play
Keith Jarrett + Jan Garbarek 1974-04-17 Funkhaus, Hannover G Download Play
Keith Jarrett 1988-10-24 Madrid Spain Download Play
Keith Jarrett Duo 1989-09-12 NYC Download Play
Keith Jarrett Quartet 1975-12-07 JFK Center Concert Hall, Wa Download Play
Lyle Mays Sextet 1982-05-29 Willow Jazz Club, Somerville MA Download Play
Mahavishnu Orchestra 1972-11-03 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago IL Download Play
Mahavishnu Orchestra 1973-05-13 University of Cincinnati OH Download Play
Mahavishnu Orchestra 1973-11-12 The Roxy, Hollywood CA Download Play
Maynard Ferguson 1974-11-26 Wauponsee College, Sugar Grove I Download Play
Maynard Ferguson 1975-03-25 Northern Illinois University, De Download Play
Maynard Ferguson 1975-07-05 Carnegie Hall, NYC Download Play
Maynard Ferguson 1975-11-22 Wheaton North High School IL Download Play
Maynard Ferguson 1976-02-14 Drake Universtiy, Des Moines IA Download Play
McCoyTyner 1976-03-11 Focal Point, Paris France Download Play
Maynard Ferguson 1982-02-26 Rialto Square Theater, Joliet IL Download Play
Maynard Ferguson 1982-02-27 Concord Performing Arts Center, Download Play
Miles Davis 1985-11-02 Zurich SwitzerlandMaynard Ferguson 19 Download Play
McCoyTyner + Freddie Hubbard + Ron Carter + Elvin Jones 1982 Download Play
McCoyTyner 1974-11-01 Berlin Germany Download Play
McCoyTyner Sextet 1976-03-11 Theater Champs Elysee, Paris Fr Download Play
Miles Davis 1985-10-25 Umea Sweden Download Play
Miles Davis 1985-11-02 Zurich Switzerland Download Play
Miles Davis 1986-03-23 OhioTheater, Columbus OH Download Play
Miles Davis 1986-09-08 Rio de Janiero Brazil Download Play
Miles Davis 1987-09-06 Starry Night, Portland OR Download Play
Miles Davis 1989-11-15 Z Club Zelt, Vienna Austria Download Play
Oregon 1983-10-01 Deutsche Philharmonie, Freiburg Germany Download Play
Pat Metheny + Ornette Coleman 1986-05-15 American Theater, S Download Play
Pat Metheny 1988-07-25 Coach House, San Juan Capistrano CA Download Play
Terje Rypdal Chasers Trio 1985-07-05 Alabama Halle, Munich G Download Play
Pharoah Sanders 1986-02-20 Fabrik, Hamburg Germany Download Play
Return To Forever 1974-10-14 Symphony Hall, Boston MA Download Play
Return To Forever 1976-03-21 Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt Ger Download Play
Return To Forever 1977-04-16 Tempe AZ Download Play
Return To Forever 1983-03-27 Boston Opera House MA Download Play
Return To Forever 1983-04-02 Palladium NYC Download Play
Tom Scott 1979 Golden Bear, Huntington Beach CA Download Play
Tony Williams Group 1980-05-28 Goldene Krone, Darmstadt Germ Download Play
Weather Report 1978-11-26 Berkeley Community Theater CA Download Play
Weather Report 1980-02-24 Fox Theater, Atlanta GA Download Play
Weather Report 1980-08-20 Luna Park, Buenos Aires Argentina Download Play
Zawinul Syndicate 1989-07-08 Wiesen Austria Download Play
Al DiMeola + Gumbi Ortiz 1989 Cannes France Download Play
Al DiMeola 1987-11-20 Royal Oak Music Theater, MI Download Play
Allan Holdsworth and IOU 1984-09-15 Bottom Line, NYC Download Play
Allan Holdsworth and IOU 1982-05-11 Country Club, Reseda CA Download Play
Anthony Braxton 1975-06-21 Studio Rivbea, NYC Download Play
Anthony Braxton Quartet 197x Columbia University Wollman Aud Download Play
Bill Bruford 1979-05-06 Brunel University, Uxbridge UK Download Play
Billy Cobham 1974-04-10 The Bottom Line, NYC Download Play
Billy Cobham Magic Band 1978-03-04 Park West, Chi