There's no avoiding the fact that Jazz Fusion has made a solid comeback in recent years. Thanks to the rise of players like Guthrie Govan and Tom Quayle, mixed with the ease of communication and sharing via social networks like Youtube and Facebook - suddenly all of these sounds are just a few clicks away.
It was inevitable really, and the internet has only helped to speed the process up - solo guitarists have always tried to push the boundaries of what's capable on the instrument. In '78 Van Halen shocked the world, then came Malmsteen's "Rising Force" in '84. The 80's was dominated buy the neoclassical scene, but at the same time guys like Shawn Lane, Brett Garsed, Frank Gambale and Mike Stern were seriously pushing the boundaries of what sounds you could make on the guitar, not just with speed, but with extended harmony and chromaticism. more