June 2018


Mary Halvorson

Braxton, Fame & Building Code Girl

Guitarist Mary Halvorson, who topped four categories in the 2017 DownBeat Critics Poll, begins a new chapter in her career with Code Girl. The album features her poetic lyrics and inventive, intricate arrangements.

  • Kurt Elling

    ‘Apprehend the Greatest Ideas’

    Vocalist Kurt Elling has been asking The Questions since his early 20s, when he was working toward a master’s degree in divinity at the University of Chicago.

  • Logan Richardson

    Feelin’ the Blues

    Blues People sounds like no other album by saxophonist Logan Richardson.

  • Edward Simon

    Exploring Sorrow, Embracing Triumph

    With echoes of classical minimalism, full-bodied Third Stream grandeur and subtle electronics, pianist Edward Simon’s Sorrows & Triumphs merges old and new traditions.

Blindfold Test

Johnathan Blake was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Cyrus Chestnut: “Rhythm-a-Ning” from There’s A Sweet, Sweet Spirit (HighNote)
  • Nate Smith: “Spinning Down” from Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere (Waterbaby/Ropeadope)
  • Dan Tepfer Trio: “Single Ladies” from Eleven Cages (Sunnyside)
  • Joey Baron & Irène Schweizer: “Jungle Beat” from Live (Intakt)
  • Barry Altschul: “A Drummer’s Tale” from Tales Of The Unforeseen (Tum)
  • Joshua Redman: “Trinkle Tinkle” from Trios Live (Nonesuch)
  • The Bad Plus: “Lean In The Archway” from Never Stop II (Legbreaker)
  • Antonio Sanchez & Migration: “Channels Of Energy” from The Meridian Suite (CamJazz)
  • Nicholas Payton: “Jazz Is A Four Letter Word” from Afro-Caribbean Mixtape (Paytone)
Also in this Issue
  • 41st Annual Student Music Awards
  • Master Class with Don Braden
  • Pro Session with Pete McGuinness
  • Transcription of a Jimmy Heath Saxophone Solo
  • Toolshed

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