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The NEXT Collective performing at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge on Feb. 26 (Photo: John Rogers/johnrogersnyc.com)

NEXT Collective Reimagines Contemporary Tracks
The NEXT Collective challenges preconceived notions about standards. The ensemble’s impressive debut, Cover Art (Concord), has generated a buzz among critics and fans with its jazz interpretations of songs from the worlds of hip-hop, r&b, pop and indie rock.
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Jazz Lives at SXSW
During the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music, Film and Interactive conferences on March 8–17, the city of Austin, Texas …
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Jeremy Pelt Takes a New Path
Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt put on a dazzling concert with his new ensemble, The Jeremy Pelt Show, at Washington, D.C.’s Bohemian Caverns on Feb. 22. …
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Brian Blade Showcases Innovative Spirit at Old Town School of Folk Music
Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band were two-thirds of the way through a North American spring tour when they played to a packed house at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music on March 15. …
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Bebo Valdés Dies at 94
Pianist, composer and bandleader Bebo Valdés died on March 22 in Stockholm at age 94. He had suffered from pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease. …
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REVIEWS // EDITORS’ PICKS
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1BY BOBBY REED
The Slide Brothers,
Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers
(Concord)
Robert Randolph wants the world to get to know The Slide Brothers, who merge blues-rock groove with gospel fervor on their new studio album. …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Eric Alexander,
Touching
(HighNote)
Eric Alexander can play the tenor saxophone—never doubt that. He has the chops, power and passion that make him one of the most blazingly bad-assed saxophonists of his generation. …
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BY BOBBY REED
Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystal, Aquarius (Delmark)
Fans of jazz flute cannot ignore the work of composer Nicole Mitchell, who has won flutist of the year honors in the DownBeat Critics Poll for the past three years. …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Jaimeo Brown,
Transcendence
(Motéma)
Transcendence is the fantastic debut album from 34-year-old drummer and composer Jaimeo Brown. It blazes from the speakers fusing Southern gospel spirituals, screaming blues guitar, East Indian folk overtones …
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BY BOBBY REED
Monika Roscher
Big Band,
Failure In Wonderland
(Enja)
In a Blindfold Test, it’s unlikely that anyone would confuse a track by the Maria Schneider Orchestra with one from the Monika Roscher Big Band’s Failure In Wonderland. …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Tommy Flanagan & Jaki Byard, The Magic Of 2: Live At Keystone Korner (Resonance)
The duo album The Magic Of Two: Live At Keystone Korner is the latest jazz gem to be unearthed by the folks at Resonance Records. And it is an instant classic. …
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BY AARON COHEN
Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Functional Arrhythmias (Pi)
Never one to be satisfied with conventional stylistic codes, alto saxophonist Steve Coleman has consistently devised, and then reconfigured, musical rules and languages for his longstanding group Five Elements. …
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BY AARON COHEN
Miles Davis with Quincy Jones & The Gil Evans Orchestra, Live At Montreux 1991 (Eagle Rock)
Throughout his career, Miles Davis’ name was synonymous with change, and he had strong words for anyone who suggested he ever revisit his past glories. …
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BY HILARY BROWN
Bilal, A Love Surreal
(eOne Music)
Maybe it was Bilal’s dedicated jazz training at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, or maybe it’s the influence of the high-profile jazz company he keeps, but whatever the reason, the 32-year-old vocalist has become a brilliant improviser and visionary. …
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BY AARON COHEN
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Jama Ko (Out Here)
During the past few years, Bassekou Kouyate has become Mali’s premier virtuoso on the ngoni, a stringed instrument that is often made of a wooden body covered with goatskin. …
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JAZZ SCHOOL // TOOLSHED
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Snare Rings a Bell
Gretsch Drums has introduced the Bell Brass 6 1/2- by 14-inch 10-lug snare drum. The brushed-finish solid Bell Brass snare provides a distinct, cutting tone and is suitable for a variety of studio and live applications. …
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Loop Jammin’
DigiTech’s JamMan Solo XT looper offers true stereo looping and an array of new features, dial-in BPMs, micro SD interface and selectable stop modes in a single stompbox. The JamMan Solo XT features a pedal-linking …
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Sax Weightlessness
The Vandoren harness is a universal saxophone strap with rear support bars that take the weight of any sax and distribute it evenly over different parts of the player’s back and shoulders. …
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Jazz Guitar Lessons
Alfred Music Publishing has released new editions of Complete Jazz Guitar methods packed with essential information in standard notation and without tablature. Titles include Beginning Jazz Guitar, Intermediate Jazz Guitar and Mastering Jazz Guitar and cover …
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Saxophonic Storm
Bari Woodwinds Supplies’ Cyclone is a metal mouthpiece featuring Bari’s Vortex Technology, a spiral-grooved chamber that enhances airflow and increases projection. The Cyclone’s baffle design offers quick responsiveness. The mouthpiece has two adjustable dual ligatures, so players can change reed-contact points and alter positioning for optimal sound and timbre.…
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Classic by Barbara Gardner // April 13, 1961
Double Takes—
Junior Mance

Life is full of double takes. Situations, circumstances and the persons connected with them have a way of reappearing in slightly altered patterns during a lifetime. Take Junior Mance, for example.
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