July 2018


Terence Blanchard

‘We Are All Humans’

Trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s new release is a concert disc that chronicles his dynamic band, The E-Collective. Titled ‘Live,’ the album documents concerts in three U.S. cities that have been scarred by racial tension and gun violence.

  • Henry Threadgill

    Doubles Down

    No one applies more creative mojo to naming a band or a song—or conjuring out-of-the-box instrumentations to compose for—than Henry Threadgill.

  • Bobby Sanabria

    New York Attitude

    ​Bobby Sanabria is understandably proud of his Puerto Rican roots and his Bronx upbringing. It’s what launched his career, garnered him a few Grammy nominations along the way and informed his latest project: a triumphant, Latin-flavored reimagining of Leonard Bernstein’s masterwork West Side Story.

  • Grant Green

    ‘Taking it to a Climax’

    Although there definitely was a change in the kind of music guitarist Grant Green made, it wasn’t as cut-and-dried as dropping swing in favor of funk. Nor, if the audience response on these albums is any indication, did it involve abandoning jazz fans in favor of funk kids.

Blindfold Test

Melissa Aldana was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Walter Smith III: “On The Trail” from Twio (Whirlwind)
  • Houston Person & Ron Carter: “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” from Now’s The Time (Muse)
  • Troy Roberts: “Bernie’s Tune” from Tales & Tones (Inner Circle Music)
  • Johnathan Blake: “Cryin’ Blues” from Gone, But Not Forgotten (Criss Cross Jazz)
  • David Murray: “Positive Messages” from Blues For Memo (Motéma)
  • Ben Wendel: “Solar” from What We Bring (Motéma)
Also in this Issue
Guitar School
  • Torrefaction of Guitar Tonewoods
  • Master Class with Bobby Broom
  • Pro Session with Dave Stryker
  • Transcription of a Julian Lage Guitar Solo

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