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 Francisco’s 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.
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.
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.
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.
Galactic Cowboy Orchestra
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 Capacitor” 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
Paul Bley Obituary
Natalie Cole Remembered
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!
PLUS: Dozens of album reviews, product reviews and much more!
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