Wadada Leo Smith performing at St. Mary’s Church in Pohja, Finland.

(Photo: Petri Haussila)

Wadada Leo Smith — Across the Threshold

During decades of recording and work alongside a cast of co-conspirators that could serve as a summation of jazz’s avant-garde wing, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has mapped his…

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Archie Shepp & Jason Moran

Let My People Go

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
Tone Poem
(Blue Note)

Chris Potter
Sunrise Reprise

Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo
El Arte Del Bolero
(Miel Music)


Jack Brandfield

I’ll Never Be The Same
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Daniel Thatcher
(Shifting Paradigm Records)

Moka Efti Orchestra
(Six Degrees Records)

Lorne Lofsky
This Song Is New
(Modica Music)


Lena Horne

(Photo: DownBeat Archives)

Lena Horne: The Horne Of Plenty

Somewhere in the background, by the piano in the living room, Lennie Hayton sat with coffee in hand, filling the air with that pregnant, Van Dyked Lennie Hayton brand of dignified silence. In the smaller music room Lena, quiet and conservative in the black-and-white outfit with the white turban hat, toyed with her coffee and talked, never too quietly nor too conservatively, of music and children and acting and singing and how life had been for her in this past propitious year.

Lena Horne and New York are in love. For the first time in her adult life…

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