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August 2015 (Volume 82, Number 8)


63rd Annual DownBeat Critics Poll

Vijay Iyer
Channeling Emotions
By Phillip Lutz
Winner: Jazz Artist, Jazz Group


Lee Konitz
Melodic Invention
By Ted Panken
Winner: Hall of Fame

Muddy Waters
‘Put a Little Drive to It’
By Frank-John Hadley
Winner: Veterans Committee Hall of Fame

Rudresh Mahanthappa
For the Love of Bird
By Allen Morrison
Winner: Jazz Album, Alto Saxophone, Rising Star Composer

Maria Schneider
Natural Wonder
By Thomas Staudter
Winner: Composer, Arranger

The Cookers
Useful Exuberence
By Ted Panken
Winner: Rising Star Jazz Group

Steve Lehman
‘As Personal as Possible’
By Bill Milkowski
Winner: Rising Star Jazz Artist, Rising Star Alto Saxophone

Ben Williams
Tradition & Progress
By Ken Micallef
Winner: Rising Star Bass

Tyshawn Sorey
Meditative & Visceral
By Dan Ouellette
Winner: Rising Star Drums

Complete Critics Poll Results

B.B. King
The Undisputed King
By Aaron Cohen
The late blues guitarist and vocalist brought the sound of Mississippi’s farms, churches, street corners and small clubs to the entire world—reaching listeners across the globe and inspiring generations of jazz, blues and rock artists who emulated his style and technique.

Blindfold Test

Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:
  • Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance: “Tempest” from Synovial Joints (Pi Recordings)
  • Jim Snidero: “Las Vegas Tango” from Main Street (Savant)
  • Tineke Postma/Greg Osby: “Body And Soul” from Sonic Halo (Challenge)
  • Gary Bartz: “Holiday For Strings” from Shadows (Timeless)
  • Andrew Cyrille/Anthony Braxton: “Water, Water, Water” from Duo Palindrome, Vol. 2 (Intakt)
  • Miguel Zenón: “Perfume de Gardenias” from Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (Marsalis Music)
  • Roy Haynes: “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” from Cymbalism (New Jazz/Original Jazz Classics)

Also In This Issue

First Take: Ornette Coleman Obituary; Remembering Bruce Lundvall; Caught: New Orleans Jazz Festival, Esperanza Spalding’s San Francisco Residency, SFJAZZ Concert Honoring Joni Mitchell, Festival International Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville; Riffs; Kenny Werner Master Class: Zen and the Art of Jazz, Part 3; Ron Miles Cornet Solo Transcription; MSU Denver’s Jazz and American Improvised Music Program; plus Dozens of CD Reviews, Product Reviews and Much More!


Capital Audio Fest



Telluride Jazz Festival


Jody Jazz

Magdalena Chovancova

Vocal Visions

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