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Manfred Eicher’s Quiet Worldview
Often the world seems like such a small place these days with technology able to transport us to places on the other side of the globe with the click of a mouse, or a few short hours of high-speed travel. More »

WNYC’s Julie Burstein (left) with Manfred Eicher (Photo: Fran Kaufman)


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DownBeat Editor Among ASCAP
Deems Taylor Award Winners

Aaron Cohen’s article “Ray’s Kind Of Jazz,” published as the cover story in the October 2010 issue of DownBeat, has been recognized with an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. More »

Rollins Delivers High-Energy Set at UCLA
Sonny Rollins treats melody like magicians treat coins. He bounces a refrain over long fingers with the deftest sleight of hand.  More »

Prieto Named MacArthur Fellow
Percussionist and composer Dafnis Prieto has been selected as a 2011 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow, and will receive $500,000 in equal amounts over five years in order to develop creative and artistic projects. More »

Jamal’s Ageless Playing Displayed
in Michigan

Ahmad Jamal emerged from the wings at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium to a standing ovation, wearing a tailored, pale purple suit. More »


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Imelda May, Mayhem (Decca)
Imelda May has made a memorable Mayhem. That’s the title of her new album, and during a recent interview with DownBeat, the Irish singer …
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BY hilary brown
Bill Frisell, All We Are Saying (Savoy Jazz)
Leave it to guitarist Bill Frisell and his core arsenal of veteran players—violinist Jenny Scheinman, bassist Tony Scherr, …
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Rudresh Mahanthappa, Samdhi (ACT)
With Samdhi Rudresh Mahanthappa has officially come of age. He has been such a promising force on the …
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BY bobby reed
The Tierney Sutton Band, American Road (BFM Jazz)
In a feature on jazz vocalists in the October issue of DownBeat, journalist John Murph writes that Tierney Sutton is among a …
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Pat Martino, Undeniable: Live At Blues Alley (HighNote)
Walk into a guitar shop and mention the name Pat Martino. Clerks and customers will immediately …
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Charles Earland,
Scorched, Seared & Smokin’
Organist Charles Earland didn’t do nuance. Everything about him was big: his sound …
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By frank alkyer
Stanley Jordan,
(Mack Avenue)
When your name is Stanley Jordan, the term friends takes on a completely different meaning. The guitarist’s latest release …
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By aaron cohen
Darren Johnston’s Gone To Chicago,The Big Lift
(Porto Franco)
Last year, San Francisco Bay
area trumpeter Darren Johnston accepted …

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By frank alkyer
Jason Loughlin,
Peach Crate
(Big Pop Records)
Jason Loughlin wears his guitar-playing heroes on his sleeve, down his arms and into his fingers, which tie directly back …
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Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal,
Chamber Music
(Six Degrees)
In September, Chicago’s World Music Festival continued presenting a wonderful array of …
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Mini Tuner
Planet Waves has created a smaller version of its original Chromatic Headstock Tuner. The NS Mini Headstock Tuner discreetly clips to the back of the guitar …
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Griffin’s Glory
RS Berkeley’s new Johnny Griffin Legend series mouthpiece is an exact reproduction …
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Good As Gold
Schilke’s recently introduced B-flat flugelhorn incorporates a new design and configuration. …
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Somethin’ Else
Gretsch has unveiled the G6120 Eddie Cochran Signature hollow-body guitar. …
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Blend Effect
Audix has launched the DP-Quad series of drum microphones. Featuring the D6 for kick, i5 for snare and two ADX51s for …
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Swept Up
Pro-Mark’s new PMBRM2 Small Broomsticks are a scaled-down …
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Classic by John S. Wilson // October 6, 1950
Lennie Tristano: Watered-Down Bop Destroying Jazz
The efforts of such groups as the Shearing quintet and the Bird-with-strings combo to wean the public to bop by offering it in a commercialized form is producing the opposite effect, according to pianist Lennie Tristano. Lennie, one of jazz’s most adamant iconoclasts, says such efforts are killing off the potential jazz audience and lousing up the musicians involved.
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