Pat Metheny Still Life [Talking]. Has the incredible “Last Train Home” on it as well as the soaring “Minuano (Six Eight).” The fusion albums are with his band including keyboardist Lyle Mays. He’s also done solo albums and duets in every style, so be careful to check.
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Only jazz fusion band led by a banjo player. The Bela Fleck & The Flecktones album has their signature tune, “The Sinister Minister” on it, but UFO Tofu is also a good place to start.
Jean-Luc Ponty. I can never remember which song is on which album, but his heyday was fine.
Bob James. A producer/composer who somehow managed to turn out a couple of albums a year. His 70s work was best, with lots of funk/Brazilian/other influences. One, Two, Three, Four. That era. Plus H, with Grover Washington, Jr.
Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucia, and John McLaughlin, Friday Night in San Francisco. Technically not fusion, just three of the fastest acoustic guitarists in the west facing each other down live. Try others of Di Meola, like Elegant Gypsy from that period.
Herbie Hancock when he went electric did versions of his “Cantaloupe Island” and “Watermelon Man” that are classics. Find them. I think Head Hunters has at least one.
Candy Dulfer, Saxuality. Weather Report, Heavy Weather. Gong, Gazeuse!. Bassist Stanley Clarke Stanley Clarke. Flautist Tim Weisberg, Tip of the Weisberg.
Earl Klugh. Saw him live second billed to David Sanborn. Sanborn’s good but Klugh was pissed by the billing and blew him off the stage.