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February 2015 (Volume 82, Number 2)


Eric Johnson & Mike Stern
Six-String Summit
By Dan Ouellette
The Stern-Johnson team is a virtuoso-meets-virtuoso collaboration that spans the rock-jazz divide. Their aptly titled CD Eclectic—inspired by a rousing weeklong duo residency at New York’s Blue Note—incorporates a diverse array of styles, including gnashing rockers, rockabilly-tinged uptempo blues, jazzy swings and horn-driven pop cookers.


Jon Batiste/Chad Smith/Bill Laswell
Exploring The Process
By Bill Milkowski
The collaborative album by this dynamic trio blends North African rhythms with elements of The Meters’ funk, touches of Miles Davis’ provocative electric jazz and ambient soundscapes.

Rudresh Mahanthappa
Moving the Eye
By Bill Beuttler
The alto saxophonist has mined choice nuggets of Charlie Parker’s genius to inspire electrifying compositions of his own.

Delfeayo Marsalis
Humanity & Humility
By Jennifer Odell
The trombonist and producer believes that emotion and human connection deserve a more prominent place in jazz than any exclusively cerebral impulse.

163 Great Jazz Venues
The Best Places To Hear Live Jazz Worldwide


David Hazeltine
Sharel Cassity
Allan Harris
Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Blindfold Test

Guitarist Lionel Loueke was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:
  • Kenny Burrell/John Coltrane: “Freight Trane” from Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane (New Jazz/OJC)
  • George Benson: “Body Talk” from Body Talk (CTI/Sony Music)
  • Kurt Rosenwinkel: “Mr. Hope” from Star Of Jupiter (Wommusic)
  • Ali Farka Touré: “Savane” from Savane (World Circuit/Nonesuch)
  • Ralph Towner: “The Prowler” from Anthem (ECM)
  • Jim Campilongo: “Awful Pretty” from Orange (Blue Hen)
  • Django Reinhardt: “Dream Of You” from The Essential Django Reinhardt (RCA/Sony)
  • Bill Frisell: “Amarillo Barbados” from This Land (Elektra Nonesuch)
  • Diblo: “Super K” from Super Soukous (Shanachie)

Also In This Issue

Marquis Hill Wins Thelonious Monk Trumpet Competition; Jazz Foundation of America’s “A Great Night in Harlem”; Caught: Berlin Jazz Festival, Dominican Republic Jazz Festival; Levin Brothers; Recording School: Don Was, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ben Rubin Master Class, Regina Carter Solo Transcription; California Jazz Conservatory; plus Dozens of CD Reviews, Product Reviews and Much More!




Royal Conservatory




Jody Jazz

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