April 2018


The Bad Plus

'Everybody Took Off Their Mask'

Members of The Bad Plus discuss the trio's new lineup, which includes pianist Orrin Evans, and their new album. Evans, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King reflect on why they wanted to start a new chapter for the band.

  • Miles Davis & John Coltrane

    'Display of Different Minds'

    ​DownBeat interviews the producers who helped assemble the new 4-album box set Miles Davis & John Coltrane–The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6.

  • Walter Smith III

    Expanding the Foundation

    The tenor saxophonist recorded his new album, Twio, with bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Eric Harland, as well as special guests Christian McBride and Joshua Redman.

  • Jason Marsalis

    Mentor & Musical 'Mentor'

    ​The vibraphonist and his 21st Century Trad Band have recorded a new album, Melody Reimagined: Book 1.

Blindfold Test

Jason Moran was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • John Beasley MONK'estra: “I Mean You” from MONK'estra, Vol. 2 (Mack Avenue)
  • Danilo Pérez: “Bright Mississippi” from Panamonk (Impulse)
  • Carmen McRae: “Get It Straight/Straight, No Chaser” from Carmen Sings Monk (BMG/Bluebird)
  • Russell Gunn: “Epistrophy” from Ethnomusicology, Vol. 2 (Justin Time)
  • Wynton Marsalis: “Hackensack” from Marsalis Plays Monk: Standard Time, Vol. 4 (Columbia)
Also in this Issue

Brass School
  • Kirk Knuffke
  • Ryan Keberle
  • John Raymond
  • Steve Turre

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