CoverFred Hersch ‘Good Things Happen Slowly’
By Ted Panken The multifaceted pianist, mentor and bandleader who fought his way back from a life-threatening health crisis has ascended to a miraculous new career peak as his 60th birthday approaches. FeaturesAl Di Meola Elegant Catharsis
By Dan Ouellette The guitarist experienced a revelation on how to approach the meeting of acoustic and electric axes on his new CD, Elysium. Cécile McLorin Salvant Seeking Connections
By Ken Micallef The vocalist’s three albums—2010’s Cécile, 2013’s WomanChild and the latest, For One To Love—are truly idiosyncratic, entertaining while challenging the listener with equal doses of sweet swing and unusual songcraft. Bob Belden A Jazz Raconteur’s Parting Words
By John Ephland The late saxophonist, arranger, producer, bandleader and conceptualist continued to pursue big ideas and amazing projects right up to the end. Student Music Guide Where To Study Jazz 2016 Detailed listings for 222 schools, plus tips on landing a scholarship, pursuing a two-step degree and gaining real-world experience at college.
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Blindfold TestTrumpeter Terence Blanchard was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:
Clark Terry: “Serenade To A Bus Seat” from Serenade To A Bus Seat (Riverside/Concord)
Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy: “This Love Affair” from Spirit Moves (Greenleaf Music)
Christian Scott: “New New Orleans (King Adjuah Stomp)” from Christian ATunde Adjuah (Concord)
Tom Harrell: “Coastline” from Trip (HighNote)
Woody Shaw: “Rahsaan’s Run” from Woody Plays Woody (HighNote)
Joel Harrison 5: “An Elephant In Igor’s Yard” from Spirit House (Whirlwind Recordings)
Enrico Rava/Stefano Bollani: “In Search Of Titina” from The Third Man (ECM)
Jason Miles/Ingrid Jensen: “Super City” from Kind Of New (Whaling City Sound)
Also In This IssueEllis Marsalis Center for Music; Irvin Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Playhouse; Caught: Umbria Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Vision Festival; Howard Rumsey Obituary; Kenny Werner Master Class; Dan Wilensky Pro Session; Ryan Kisor Solo Transcription; Harlem School of Urban Music and Recording Arts; plus Dozens of CD Reviews, Product Reviews and Much More!