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March 2015 (Volume 82, Number 3)


Jamie Cullum
The Human Quality
By Ken Micallef
Possessed of that peculiarly English gift for reconstructing American standards with a refreshingly lyrical bent, Cullum breathes life into material that has been set in stone for decades on Interlude, the pianist-vocalist’s new studio album recorded with Nostalgia 77.


Jacky Terrasson
On the Edge
By Ted Panken
On Terrasson’s forthcoming album Take This!!!!!, he augments his current trio with bassist Burniss Earl Travis and drummer Lukmil Perez Herrera by adding beatboxer-vocalist Sly Johnson and Malian percussionist Adama Diarra to the mix. The pianist also sat for a DownBeat Blindfold/Winefold Test at the 2014 Voll-Damm Barcelona International Jazz Festival.

Rez Abbasi
Unplugged Fusion
By Allen Morrison
The guitarist’s Acoustic Quartet reinterprets jazz-rock tunes of the 1970s in unplugged fashion, with astonishing results.

Sam Newsome
Cross-cultural Sounds
By Phillip Lutz
The former tenor player explores the soprano saxophone’s possibilities in extraordinary depth, combining a range of extended techniques in the studio to create sonic hybrids that have few antecedents.

2015 International Jazz Camp Guide
Detailed listings for more than 100 jazz camps in the U.S., Canada and around the world


Ignacio Berroa
Jason Jackson
Manuel Valera
Billy Boy Arnold

Blindfold Test

Drummer Tyshawn Sorey was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:
  • Wadada Leo Smith Great Lakes Quartet: “Lake Ontario” from The Great Lakes Suites (TUM)
  • Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash: “Jitterbug Waltz” from Duologue (MCGJazz)
  • The Whammies: “The Kiss (For Maurice Ravel)” from Play The Music Of Steve Lacy, Vol. 3: Live (Driff)
  • Ali Farka Touré: “Savane” from Savane (World Circuit/Nonesuch)
  • Paul Lytton/Agustí Fernández/Barry Guy: “In Praise Of Shadows” from Topos (Maya)
  • Mike Clark: “Past Lives” from Blueprints Of Jazz Vol. 1 (Talking House)
  • Albert “Tootie” Heath: “It Should Have Happened A Long Time Ago” from Tootie’s Tempo (Sunnyside)
  • Doug Hammond: “It’s Now” from Rose: Doug Hammond Tentet Live (Idibib)

Also In This Issue

Buddy DeFranco Remembered; Caught: Henry Threadgill & Zooid at Roulette, Voll-Damm Barcelona International Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ Presents A Love Supreme at 50, Jazz Record Art Collective; European Scene; Indie Life: Rudy Linka, Ashley Daneman, Whirlwind Recordings; Kenny Werner Master Class; Dan Wilensky Pro Session; Grégoire Maret Solo Transcription; Lawrence University; plus Dozens of CD Reviews, Product Reviews and Much More!


Royal Conservatory


Rutgers University


Jody Jazz

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