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December 2015 (Volume 82, Number 12)


80th Annual Readers Poll

Tony Bennett
‘Play for the Moment’
By Michael Bourne
The 18-time Grammy winner enters the DownBeat Hall of Fame and is named Male Vocalist of the Year in our 80th Annual Readers Poll.


Chick Corea
Jazz Artist of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year
By Dan Ouellette

Snarky Puppy
Jazz Group of the Year
By Josef Woodard

Hubert Laws
Flutist of the Year
By Ted Panken

Top Jazz Albums

Top Historical Albums

Complete Readers Poll Results

Frank Sinatra
The Greatest Singer Ever
By John McDonough
A century after his birth and 17 years after his death, “The Voice” is still fascinating, still captivating and, in a sense, still evolving.

Holiday Gift Guide


Liberty Ellman
Robin Eubanks
Scott Amendola
Michael Bisio

Blindfold Test

Percussionists Pete Escovedo and Sheila E. were tested on the following tracks during a live “Blindfold Test” at the Monterey Jazz Festival:
  • Tito Puente: “3-D Mambo” from Dance Mania: Tito Puente And His Orchestra (RCA Victor/Sony Legacy)
  • Machito: “Cannonology” from Kenya: Afro-Cuban Jazz With Machito (Roulette/EMI/Capitol)
  • Marc Ribot: “Como Se Goza En El Barrio” from Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos (Atlantic)
  • Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet: “Take Five/El Condor Pasa” from 10 (Zoho)
  • Prince and the N.P.G.: “Clockin’ The Jizz” from Prince And The N.P.G. Gett Off (Paisley Park/Warner Bros.)
  • Joni Mitchell: “The Jungle Line” from The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (Elektra/Asylum)
  • Cal Tjader/Carmen McRae: “Evil Ways” from Concord Picante 25th Anniversary Collection (Concord Picante)

Also In This Issue

Remembering Phil Woods (1931–2015); Caught: Detroit Jazz Festival, Guelph Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival; John McLaughlin Continues the Quest; Frank Caruso Master Class; Oz Noy Solo Transcription; Randy Weston at The New School; plus Dozens of CD Reviews, Product Reviews and Much More!


Galen Weston




Boogie Stomp!


Jody Jazz

Jody Jazz

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