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September 2015 (Volume 82, Number 9)


Ornette Coleman
Celebrating a Jazz Icon
By Bill Milkowski
We look back at critical responses to the late saxophonist-composer’s early works, present classic quotes by Coleman and compile statements from his fellow musicians—all from the pages of DownBeat over the decades.


50 Years of Freedom
By Howard Mandel
Generating successive waves of uniquely creative individuals, the non-profit Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians has seen its adherents emerge from local obscurity to international fame via high-profile performances and lauded recordings, philanthropic support, prestigious awards and appointments to important academic institutions over the past five decades.

Terell Stafford
Philadelphia Soul
By Phillip Lutz
The trumpeter brings the bluesy sound and blazing spirit of legendary bebopper Lee Morgan to life on his latest album.

Charlie Hunter
Groove Factor
By Bill Milkowski
Resonating, authoritative rhythms and a funky vibe have enlivened the guitarist’s music since his formative days on the Bay Area scene more than 20 years ago.


Julia Hülsmann
Jeremy Udden
Jason Miles
Matthew Stevens

Blindfold Test

Pianist Jim McNeely was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:
  • Lee Konitz-Ohad Talmor Big Band: “June ’05” from Portology (Omnitone)
  • Ryan Truesdell: Gil Evans Project: “Concorde” from Lines Of Color: Live At Jazz Standard (ArtistShare)
  • Vince Mendoza: “Poem Of The Moon” from Nights On Earth (Horizontal)
  • Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra: “On The Corner Of Malecón And Bourbon” from The Offense Of The Drum (Motéma)
  • JC Sanford: “Your Word Alone” from Views From The Inside (Whirlwind)
  • Wynton Marsalis and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra: “Saturday Night Slow Drag” from All Rise (Sony Classical)
  • Alan Broadbent and the NDR Big Band: “Sonata For Swee’ Pea” from America The Beautiful (Jan Matthies Records)
  • Maria Schneider Orchestra: “Nimbus” from The Thompson Fields (ArtistShare)

Also In This Issue

ASCAP Honors Jelly Roll Morton, Hoagy Carmichael, Henry Threadgill, George Wein; Caught: Montreal Jazz Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Pittsburgh International JazzLive Festival; Gunther Schuller Obituary; European Scene; Indie Life: Michael Benedict, Michael Griffin, International Anthem Recording Co.; Keyboard School: David Berkman Master Class, Caili O’Doherty Pro Session, Ethan Iverson Solo Transcription; University of Nebraska–Lincoln Fosters Jazz Mentorship; plus Dozens of CD Reviews, Product Reviews and Much More!


Capital Audio Fest


Jody Jazz

Crocevia Records

Vocal Visions

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