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August 2014 (Volume 81, Number 8)


62nd Annual DownBeat Critics Poll

Cécile McLorin Salvant
Young Provocatuer
By Allen Morrison
Jazz Album, Female Vocalist, Rising Star Jazz Artist & Rising Star Female Vocalist


Jim Hall
Poet of the Guitar
By Bill Milkowski
Hall of Fame

Dinah Washington
Royal Talent
By Howard Mandel
Veterans Committee Hall of Fame

Bing Crosby
Jazz Luminary
By John McDonough
Veterans Committee Hall of Fame

Gregory Porter
Feeling Free
By Geoffrey Himes
Jazz Artist, Male Vocalist

Maria Schneider
Orchestral Prowess
By Ted Panken
Big Band, Composer, Arranger

Buddy Guy
Blues Commander
By Aaron Cohen
Blues Artist, Blues Album

Rudy Royston
‘Iron Shapes Iron’
By Ken Micallef
Rising Star Drums

Ryan Truesdell
Behind the Note
By Phillip Lutz
Rising Star Big Band, Rising Star Arranger

Marc Cary
Preference for Resonance
By Jeff Potter
Rising Star Keyboard

Complete Critics Poll Results

Blindfold Test

Drummer Clarence Penn was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:
  • Marvin “Smitty” Smith: “The Road Less Traveled” from The Road Less Traveled (Concord)
  • The Bad Plus: “Spring Rounds/Games Of The Two Rival Tribes/Procession Of The Sage/The Sage/Dance Of The Earth” from The Rite Of Spring (Sony Masterworks)
  • Harvey Mason: “Either Way” from Chameleon (Concord)
  • Eric Reed: “Evidence” from The Adventurous Monk (Savant)
  • Jeff Ballard Trio: “Beat Street” from Time’s Tales (OKeh)
  • Steve Gadd: “Africa” from Gadditude (BFM Jazz)
  • Louis Hayes & The Cannonball Legacy Band: “Jessica’s Birthday” from Maximum Firepower (Savant)

Also In This Issue

Miles Davis Way Dedication; Caught: Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, A Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets; Joe Lovano; OutBeat Fest; Riffs; Charlie Apicella Master Class; Dan Wilensky Pro Session; Michael Blake Saxophone Solo Transcription; Wynton Marsalis Directs Juilliard Jazz Studies; plus Dozens of CD Reviews, Product Reviews and Much More!


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