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July 2016 (Volume 82, Number 7)


Kamasi Washington
‘All the Doors Opened’
By Josef Woodard
The 35-year-old saxophonist, bandleader and newly anointed jazz star speaks at length about his collective of players, as well as matters of musical integrity and jazz lineages.


25 for the Future
DownBeat proudly presents profiles of two dozen musicians who, like Kamasi Washington, will shape the direction of jazz in the decades to come.
Melissa Aldana
Sullivan Fortner
Cyrille Aimée
Ben Williams
Marcus Gilmore
Marius Neset
Kris Bowers
Aaron Diehl
Tyshawn Sorey
Matthew Stevens
Kris Davis
Julian Lage
Miho Hazama
Aaron Parks
Justin Brown
Jacob Garchik
Marquis Hill
Becca Stevens
Gerald Clayton
Mark Guiliana
Etienne Charles
Jamison Ross
Bria Skonberg
Joey Alexander

Blindfold Test

Saxophonist Sherman Irby was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:
  • Logan Richardson: “Slow” from Shift (Blue Note)
  • David Binney: “Curious About Texas” from Lifted Land (Criss Cross Jazz)
  • The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: “I Love You” from Forever Lasting: Live In Tokyo (Planet Arts)
  • Maria Schneider Orchestra: “Nimbus” from The Thompson Fields (ArtistShare)
  • Paquito D’Rivera: “Tojo” from Panamericana Suite (MCG Jazz)
  • Arthur Blythe: “Odessa” from Lenox Avenue Breakdown (Columbia)
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa: “Talin Is Thinking” from Bird Calls (ACT Music)
  • Alan Ferber Nonet: “Clocks” from Roots & Transitions (Sunnyside)
  • Donald Harrison: “Cut & Paste” from This Is Jazz: Live At The Blue Note (Half Note)

Also In This Issue

Hiromi; Jeff Lederer; Adam O’Farrill; Sarah Vaughan; Caught: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, International Jazz Day Global Concert; European Scene; Guitar School: The Evolution of the Semi-Hollow Guitar, Eric DiVito Master Class, Fred Randolph Pro Session, Christian McBride Solo Transcription; plus Dozens of CD Reviews, Product Reviews and Much More!



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