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March 2016 (Volume 82, Number 3)


Stan Getz
You Can Hear the Warmth
By James Hale
Although the tenor saxophonist passed away nearly 25 years ago, a pair of previously unheard live recordings highlight two key elements of his career. Recorded at San Franciscos Keystone Corner in May 1976, they document his brief reunion with Brazilian singer João Gilberto and illustrate how he continued to stay current by leading bands consisting of forward-looking musicians.


Stanley Clarke
Acoustic Renaissance
By Phillip Lutz
Four decades after redefining the role of the electric bass with the seminal fusion group Return to Forever, Clarke has embraced the role of musical man for all seasons—scoring films, mentoring young musicians and digging ever deeper into his first love, the acoustic bass.

Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Communing with the Spirits
By Ted Panken
DownBeat catches up with the gifted Cuban-born pianist during the Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival in Barcelona, where he performed with his quartet Volcán.

Ralph Moore
Shoot for the End of the Phrase
By Claire Daly
The 59-year-old saxophonist, once a member of Kevin Eubanks Tonight Show band, finds himself in a transitional period of his career. He sits down with baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, a colleague and onetime Berklee classmate, to discuss his musical development and his plans for the future.

2016 International Jazz Camp Guide


Oran Etkin
David Gilmore
Kim Nalley
Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

Blindfold Test

Saxophonist Jon Irabagon was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:
  • Vincent Herring: “The Gypsy” from Night And Day (Smoke Sessions)
  • Jorrit Dijkstra: “Bucket” from Music For Reeds And Electronics: Oakland (Driff)
  • Donny McCaslin: “Midnight Light” from Fast Future (Greenleaf)
  • Johnathan Blake: “Cryin Blues” from Gone, But Not Forgotten (Criss Cross)
  • Aaron Diehl: “Flux Capacitator” from Space Time Continuum (Mack Avenue)
  • Steve Coleman: “Celtic Cells” from Synovial Joints (Pi)
  • Sonny Rollins: “More Than You Know” from Road Shows, Vol. 1 (Doxy)

Also In This Issue

Vocalist Catherine Russell Revisits Harlem; Caught: Israeli Jazz Festival; Box Set Pays Tribute to Oscar Peterson at 90; European Scene; Paul Bley Obituary; Natalie Cole Remembered; Indie Life: Albert Rivera, Colin Trusedell, ILK Music; Jon Gordon Master Class; Michael Gallant Pro Session; Ambrose Akinmusire Solo Transcription; Doc Severinsen Visits Chicago Area Schools; plus Dozens of CD Reviews, Product Reviews and Much More!


UCA Press


Lisa Hilton

Steve Webster—EC Barlow

Jody Jazz


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