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November 2014 (Volume 81, Number 10)


Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Mutual Admiration
By Michael Bourne
Tony Bennett loved how much Lady Gaga loved singing “The Lady Is A Tramp” on his 2011 album Duets II. Now, this unlikely pair has recorded an entire album of standards, Cheek To Cheek.


Bill Frisell
Reclaiming The Elation
By Geoffrey Himes
The jazz guitarist makes a deliberate effort to revisit some of the pop and rock songs he first learned as a beginner in the mid-1960s.

Dr. John
Funky Salute
By Bill Milkowski
The prime musical ambassador for the indelible spirit and deep funk of New Orleans pays tribute to the iconic Louis Armstrong.

Orrin Evans
The Instigator
By Phillip Lutz
Whatever hat he may be wearing at any given moment, the pianist-bandleader-composer is the indispensable character who lights the fire under everyone around him.

2014–’15 Fall/Winter Jazz Festival Guide
DownBeat spotlights 68 exciting festivals from around the world.


Steve Wilson
Cyrille Aimée
Steve Khan
Vincent Gagnon

Blindfold Test

Vocalist Gregory Porter was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama: “God Put A Rainbow In The Cloud” from I’ll Find A Way (Sony Masterworks)
  • Tony Bennett/Dave Brubeck: “That Old Black Magic” from The White House Sessions, Live 1962 (Sony Legacy)
  • John Legend: “Roll Jordan Roll” from 12 Years A Slave (Columbia)
  • Joe Williams: “There’s A Small Hotel” from The Jazz Singers: A Smithsonian Collection (Smithsonian)
  • Kurt Elling: “Tutti For Cootie” from 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project (Concord)
  • Theo Bleckmann: “Lord Is It Mine” from I Dwell In Possibility (Winter & Winter)
  • Al Green: “Could I Be The One” from Al Green Is Love (Hi Records)
  • Al Jarreau: “Churchyheart (Backyard Ritual)” from My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke (Concord)

Also In This Issue

Joe Sample Remembered; Celebrating Billy Strayhorn at 100; Caught: Detroit Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival; European Scene; Rodney Whitaker’s Swing-Centric Vision; Gerald Wilson Obituary; Drum School: Embracing Electronic Percussion in the Digital Age, Brian Andres Master Class, Robert Breithaupt Pro Session; Brian Blade Solo Transcription; University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab; plus Dozens of CD Reviews, Product Reviews and Much More!


Alex Mercado


True North


Jody Jazz

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