January 2018


Esperanza Spalding

Can’t Fail Energy

The Grammy-winning bassist-vocalist-bandleader talks about her new album, which was created over the course of 77 hours as the recording sessions were streamed on Facebook Live.

  • Dave Douglas

    Abstract Inspiration

    The trumpeter’s new album, Little Giant Still Life, is a program of 12 original compositions, partially inspired by the work of American painter Stuart Davis.

  • Willie Jones III

    Merging Swing & Swagger

    The drummer’s new album, My Point Is … , was recorded with Eric Reed (piano), Buster Williams (bass), Eddie Henderson (trumpet) and Ralph Moore (tenor saxophone).

  • Best Albums of 2017

    4 Stars and Up

    5-, 4½- and 4-star albums from the past year

Blindfold Test

Sean Jones was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Bobby McFerrin: “Bang!Zoom” from Bang!Zoom (Blue Note)
  • Orrin Evans: “Kooks” from #knowingishalfthebattle (Smoke Sessions)
  • Dr. Lonnie Smith: “Three Blind Mice” from THINK! (Blue Note)
  • Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: “Thermo” from Caravan (Riverside)
  • Wynton Marsalis: “Black Codes” from Black Codes From The Underground (Columbia)
  • Kim Burrell: “Victory” from Live In Concert (Tommy Boy Gospel)
Also in this Issue
Jazz School
  • “Making the Improv Grade” by Antonio J. García
  • “Jazzing up Jazz Band” by JB Dyas, Ph.D.
  • “Communal Listening” by Robert Hurst
  • “Teaching with Tech” by Michael Fein
  • “Siena Jazz Workshop” by Ted Panken

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