November 2016


Wadada Leo Smith

National Treasure

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is in an exciting, prolific phase of his storied career. His new album, America’s National Parks, is a celebration of natural landscapes.

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    Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau

    Floating & Flying

    Saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau have been friends since the 1990s, when the latter was in Redman’s quartet. Their new release, Nearness, is a live duo album recorded during a recent European tour.

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    Jerry Bergonzi

    The Mystic

    For his latest album, Spotlight On Standards, the master saxophonist interprets classics such as “Witchcraft” and “Come Rain Or Come Shine.” The album also includes four of Bergonzi’s original compositions.

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    Stacey Kent

    Trust Your Heart

    Vocalist Stacey Kent has built a large, international fan base, thanks to a terrific repertoire that includes jazz standards, Brazilian classics, French songs and original material composed by saxophonist Jim Tomlinson, her bandleader and husband. DownBeat sat down for an interview with Kent and Tomlinson backstage in Montreal.

  • Tom Teasley

  • Pete McGuinness
  • Pablo Held
  • Clara Moreno

Blindfold Test

Aaron Parks

  • ELEW: “My Favorite Things” from And To The Republic (Sunnyside)
  • Joey Alexander: “Soul Dreamer” from Countdown (Motéma)
  • Renee Rosnes: “Lucy From Afar” from Written In The Rocks (SmokeSessions)
  • Edward Simon: “Volver” from Latin American Songbook (Sunnyside)
  • Matthew Shipp: “In A Sentimental Mood” from To Duke (RogueArt)
Also in this Issue
Fall Winter Jazz Festival Guide
  • This special section includes detailed listings for festivals around the world, as well as three features. (This guide, describing fests in the fall and winter months, is a companion to our Summer Festival Guide, which is published annually in our May issue.)


PLUS: Dozens of album reviews, product reviews and much more!