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January 2015 (Volume 82, Number 1)


Christian McBride
Jazz Without Pretense
By Phillip Lutz
The bassist, bandleader, composer, radio host and commentator—just a partial list of jobs he currently holds—thrives in his role as an ambassador for jazz.


Randy Weston
Truth In History
By Ted Panken
The impact of Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk on Weston’s orchestral approach to the 88 keys becomes evident any time he performs.

Jimmy Greene
Faith In Action
By Ken Micallef
The tenor and soprano saxophonist’s latest album, Beautiful Life, is dedicated to the memory of his daughter, Ana, a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

Best Albums of 2014
5-, 4 1/2- and 4-star Reviews From the Past Year


Ken Thomson
Yelena Eckemoff
Becca Stevens
Anthony Branker

Blindfold Test

Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:
  • Joe Lovano Us Five: “Ko Ko” from Bird Songs (Blue Note)
  • Jimmy Heath: “Forever Sonny” from Little Man, Big Band (Verve)
  • Branford Marsalis: “Laughin’ & Talkin’ (With Higg)” from Romare Bearden Revealed (Marsalis Music)
  • Roscoe Mitchell: “The 4:50 Express” from Sound Songs (Delmark)
  • Chris Potter’s Underground: “Small Wonder” from Ultrahang (ArtistShare)
  • Michael Brecker: “Loose Threads” from Pilgrimage (Heads Up)
  • Ivo Perelman: “Singing The Blues” from The Hour Of The Star (Leo)
  • James Carter: “Gloria” from Gardenias For Lady Day (Columbia)

Also In This Issue

Revamped Ferring Jazz Bistro Opens in St. Louis; Caught: Signature Jazz Cruise, MIMO Festival, Jarasum Jazz Festival; European Scene; Matt Wilson’s 50th Birthday Run at Dizzy’s; Jack Bruce Passes at 71; Jazz School: Kenny Werner on Music and Spirituality, Musician-Educator Ed Partyka, Joshua Breakstone Master Class, JC Sanford Pro Session, Gary Burton Solo Transcription; Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer Lead Master Class at New England Conservatory; plus Dozens of CD Reviews, Product Reviews and Much More!


Liquid Harmony

Alex Mercado





Jody Jazz

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