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.

  • Jonathan Barber, Mayu Saeki, Josh Lawrence, Andreas Varady

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!