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August 2016 (Volume 82, Number 8)


64th Annual DownBeat Critics Poll

Randy Weston
‘We Have To Go All the Way Back’
By Ted Panken
Winner: Hall of Fame


Hoagy Carmichael
Immortal Composer
By John McDonough
Winner: Veterans Committee Hall of Fame

Vijay Iyer
Embracing It All
By Dan Ouellette
Winner: Jazz Artist

Robert Glasper
‘Always Moving’
By Dan Ouellette
Winner: Keyboard

Kamasi Washington
L.A. Luminary
By Josef Woodard
Winner: Jazz Album, Rising Star Jazz Artist, Rising Star Tenor Saxophone

Christine Jensen
Environmental Inspiration
By Phillip Lutz
Winner: Rising Star Arranger, Rising Star Big Band

Marquis Hill
Definitive Declaration
By James Hale
Winner: Rising Star Trumpet

Grace Kelly
‘Jazz Is a Mixable Genre’
By Phillip Lutz
Winner: Rising Star Alto Saxophone

Luques Curtis
Pursuing Positivity
By Ted Panken
Winner: Rising Star Bass

Liberty Ellman
Sophisticated Polyphony
By Bill Milkowski
Winner: Rising Star Guitar

Complete Critics Poll Results

Blindfold Test

Drummer Dan Weiss was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:
  • Chick Corea Trio: “Work” from Trilogy (Concord/Stretch)
  • Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison: “Alabama” from In Movement (ECM)
  • Kneebody + Daedelus: “Drum Battle” from Kneedelus (Brainfeeder)
  • One For All: “Frenzy” from The Third Decade (Smoke Sessions)
  • Ches Smith: “Wacken Open Air” from The Bell (ECM)
  • Milford Graves: “Know Your Place” from Grand Unification (Tzadik)
  • Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom: “Hoarding The Pod” from Otis Was A Polar Bear (Royal Potato Family)
  • Matt Wilson’s Big Happy Family: “No Outerwear” from Beginning Of A Memory (Palmetto)

Also In This Issue

Verve Releases Unheard Bird; Caught: Vision Festival, Moers Festival; Michel Legrand; Blue Note Vinyl; 2017 NEA Jazz Masters; Caroline Davis Master Class; Romain Collin Pro Session; Jeff Coffin Tenor Saxophone Solo Transcription; Chicago’s Saint Patrick High School Visits USC Campus, San Diego Heritage Festival; plus Dozens of CD Reviews, Product Reviews and Much More!






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