December 2017


Wynton Marsalis

Building the Cathedral

Wynton Marsalis enters the Hall of Fame and tops the Trumpet category in the 2017 DownBeat Readers Poll. We sit down with Marsalis to discuss his work as a musician, composer and managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

  • Chick Corea

    Spiritual Chemistry

    Corea topped the Jazz Artist category in the Readers Poll.

  • Diana Krall

    Moving Pictures

    Krall topped two categories: Female Vocalist and Jazz Album (for her Verve album Turn Up The Quiet).

  • Snarky Puppy

    Snarky Mastermind

    Michael League talks about the amazing success of his band Snarky Puppy, which topped the Jazz Group category.

  • Christian McBride

    Muscles Flexed

    McBride topped the Bass category in the Readers Poll.

  • Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’

    Breaking Down Inhibitions

    The blues veterans topped the Blues Album category for their collaborative disc, TajMo (Concord).

Blindfold Test

Ambrose Akinmusire was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra: “Low Down” from All My Yesterdays: The Debut 1966 Recordings At The Village Vanguard (Resonance)
  • Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense: “Flank And Center” from Moving Still (Pi)
  • Don Cherry: “Dewey’s Tune” from Critics’ Pick Sampler, Vol. 1 (Black Saint/Soul Note)
  • Clark Terry: “One Foot In The Gutter” from In Orbit (Riverside)
  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: “Phrases” from Ruler Rebel (Stretch/Ropeadope)
  • Johnny Coles: “My Sweet Passion” from Little Johnny C (Blue Note)
  • Enrico Rava/Stefano Bollani: “In Search Of Titina” from The Third Man (ECM)
Also in this Issue
Complete Readers Poll Results
  • 91 Top Albums

Holiday Gift Guide
  • 15 Holiday Music Albums
  • Ella Fitzgerald Box Sets
  • Remembering Buddy Rich
  • Lucky Thompson Box Set
  • Jean-Pierre Leloir Photography Book
  • John Lee Hooker Box Set
  • Jimmy Reed Box Set
  • Allan Holdsworth Box Set
  • Bill Bruford Box Set

  • Master Class by Jon Vanore
  • Pro Session by Sarah Partridge
  • Kurt Rosenwinkel Guitar Solo Transcription

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