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June 2016 (Volume 82, Number 6)


DeJohnette, Coltrane & Garrison
Searching for the Light
By Phillip Lutz
Drummer Jack DeJohnette, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matthew Garrison have collaborated on the adventurous album In Movement.


Gregory Porter
‘I Started Being Me’
By Allen Morrison
The DownBeat Critics Poll-winning vocalist has an elastic quality that allows him to reach across genres, and he has dramatically expanded his audience through keen partnerships with r&b artists and players from the world of electronic dance music.

Peter Bernstein
The Craftsman
By Bill Milkowski
Whether in his longstanding trio with Larry Goldings and Bill Stewart, leading his own quartet, playing in Cobb’s Mob, gigging solo or performing in guitar duos, Bernstein gracefully gets inside a tune and finds a different path through it every night.

Marcus Strickland
‘Black American Music Is for Everyone’
By Ken Micallef
Strickland’s Blue Note/Revive Music debut, Nihil Novi, merges advanced harmonic language and 21st-century production with the wide arc of what the saxophonist calls “Black American Music.”

39th Annual Student Music Awards


Roxy Coss
Matthew Hartnett
Marika Hughes
Letizia Gambi

Blindfold Test

Drummer Willie Jones III was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:
  • Sonny Rollins: “Blue And Boogie” from Now’s The Time (RCA)
  • Herlin Riley: “Cross Bar” from New Directions (Mack Avenue)
  • Ari Hoenig: “Moanin’” from Lines Of Oppression (Naive/AH-HA)
  • Bill Stewart: “Space Squid” from Space Squid (Pirouet)
  • Bill Charlap: “Tiny’s Tempo” from Notes From New York (Impulse!)
  • Vijay Iyer: “Countdown” from Break Stuff (ECM)
  • Dafnis Prieto: “Back And Forth” from Triangles And Circles (Dafnison)
  • Tom Rainey: “Long Ago And Far Away” from Obbligato (Intakt)
  • Clifford Jordan Quartet: “Alias Buster Henry” from Glass Bead Games (Strata East)

Also In This Issue

National Blues Museum in St. Louis; Ben Wendel; Matt Wilson; Roberta Piket; Newvelle Records Issues Jazz on Vinyl; Andy Gonzáles; NEA Jazz Masters Honored; David Berger Master Class; Jon Gordon Master Class, Terence Blanchard Solo Transcription; Grammy Camp Jazz Session; plus Dozens of CD Reviews, Product Reviews and Much More!





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