September 2018


Christian McBride & Bootsy Collins

‘All for the Funk of It’

DownBeat moderates a lively conversation between Christian McBride and one of his idols, the funk master Bootsy Collins.

  • Wayne Shorter

    Art Emerges

    Wayne Shorter was never one to abide by a strict plan—even his own. That goes for his musical endeavors, interviews and holistic views of art and life.

  • Madeleine Peyroux

    Experiencing the Catharsis

    Singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux has no trouble selling out the house.

  • Sullivan Fortner

    ‘Baptized in Jazz’

    “If you can find that thread—the lineage that connects everything—and hold on to it, then you can manipulate it,” Sullivan Fortner said.

  • Nicole Johänntgen, Chris Beck, Corcoran Holt, Bongwool Lee. PLUS: Indie Life with Dan Wilensky, Deanne Matley and Edition Records

Blindfold Test

Allan Harris was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • New York Voices and Bob Mintzer Big Band: “I Get Along Without You Very Well” from Meeting Of Minds (MCG)
  • Charenée Wade: “Ain’t No Such Thing As A Superman” from Offering: The Music Of Gill Scott Heron And Brian Jackson (Motéma)
  • Freddy Cole : “They Didn’t Believe Me” from My Mood Is You (High Note)
  • José James : “Lover Man” from Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday (Blue Note)
  • Dominique Eade/Ran Blake: “It’s Alright, Ma, I’m Only Bleeding” from Town And Country (Sunnyside)
  • Lizz Wright: “Stars Fell On Alabama” from Grace (Concord)
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant: “You’re My Thrill” from Dreams And Dragons (Mack Avenue)
  • Jamison Ross: “My Ship” from All For One (Concord)
Also in this Issue
Keyboard School
  • Roberta Piket on Diminished chord substitutions
  • Master Class with Deanna Witkowski
  • Pro Session with Dr. Bruce Dudley
  • Transcription of a Chick Corea keyboard Solo

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