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Wayne Shorter (Photo: Robert Ascroft)

Wayne Shorter Tops 61st Annual DownBeat Critics Poll
Saxophonist Wayne Shorter won in four categories of the 61st Annual DownBeat International Critics Poll, taking honors for Jazz Artist of the Year and top Jazz Album, for his quartet’s disc Without A Net (Blue Note). He also was voted the top Soprano Saxophonist, and the Wayne Shorter Quartet was named the top Jazz Group.
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Charlie Haden Overcomes Adversity at Healdsburg Jazz Festival
The buzz in the Jackson Theater was a little more anxious than usual during the pre-show hum of this year’s Healdsburg (Calif.) Jazz Festival, because the one unconfirmed guest at the festival’s Charlie Haden tribute was Charlie Haden himself. …
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Jarrett, Braxton, Davis, Aebersold named 2014 NEA Jazz Masters
The National Endowment for the Arts has named Keith Jarrett, Anthony Braxton, Richard Davis and Jamey Aebersold as 2014 NEA Jazz Masters. …
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Montreal Fest Soars, Telluride Fans Prep
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which kicked off its 34th edition on June 28, will include more than 150 indoor concerts and 300-plus …
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R&B Singer Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland
Dies at 83

Vocalist Bobby “Blue” Bland, one of the seminal figures of post-World War II popular music and a major headliner on the soul and rhythm & blues circuits, died June 23 at his home near Memphis, Tenn. …
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REVIEWS // EDITORS’ PICKS
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Hutchinson Andrew Trio, Prairie Modern
(Chronograph)

Music journalists often speak of the “Canadian Scene,” as if it were one singular sound or movement. That’s far from true. Montreal has its own flavor; Toronto and Vancouver, too. …
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BY BOBBY REED
Andy Bey, The World According To Andy Bey (HighNote)
During the past 20 years, each time Andy Bey has released an album, it’s been a noteworthy event. …
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BY BOBBY REED
Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet,
Desertico
(Otá Records)
Trumpet and flugelhorn player Paolo Fresu founded his Devil Quartet in 2004, and the new album Desertico finds the adventurous …
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BY AARON COHEN
Orrin Evans,
“…It Was Beauty”

(Criss Cross Jazz)

Pianist Orrin Evans has released his 20th album, and this milestone should be greeted with a celebration. …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Dave Liebman/Michael Stephans, Lineage: Rock And Pop Classics Revisited (Whaling City Sound)
While listening to Lineage: Rock And Pop Classics Revisited, I laughed out loud several times. Revisited? …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Harold Mabern,
Live At Smalls
(SmallsLIVE)
With the Harold Mabern album Live At Smalls, they had me at Harold. From the beautiful opening lines of “Alone Together,” the incredible …
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BY AARON COHEN
Mavis Staples,
One True Vine
(Anti-)
As the youngest vocalist in the Staple Singers, Mavis Staples’ rough contralto helped turn church-inspired message songs into r&b gems during …
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BY BOBBY REED
Tony Bennett/Dave Brubeck, The White House Sessions, Live 1962 (RPM/Columbia/Legacy)
More than a half-century later, there’s a tremendous amount of justified nostalgia for the …
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BY AARON COHEN
Buika, La Noche
Más Larga
(Warner Music Latina)
The connections between flamenco and African music go way back—perhaps even to the 15th century, when Moors lived closely with Gypsies in southern Spain. …
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JAZZ SCHOOL // TOOLSHED
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Routing & Processing
Apollo 16 is Universal Audio’s flagship 24-bit/192kHz audio interface. Delivering world-class conversion with 16x16 analog I/O, this FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready recording tool combines …
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Artisan ’Bones
Bach’s Artisan Trombone Collection takes the Bach Stradivarius trombone to a new level, offering three distinct valve options, three main tuning slide options, three bell options and three hand slide options. …
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Hippie’s Choice
Levy’s Leathers’ new hemp-and-denim guitar straps are printed with colorful 1970s stripe designs and finished with a suede leather backing. …
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Precious Metals
Altus’ new Atsui series of professional flutes are available in platinum and 18-karat gold. The Atsui 18K Gold model features a layer of gold over a sterling silver body, resulting in a warm, dark sound.…
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Small & Mighty
The Maxon AD10 offers 600 milliseconds of analog delay with a warm yet powerful tone. Housed in Maxon’s new Compact series enclosure, the AD10 features …
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Classic by ted panken // August 2010
Muhal Richard Abrams: The Individual Principle
“Interesting,” Muhal Richard Abrams said over the phone upon receiving the news of his election to DownBeat’s Hall of Fame. After a pause, he said it again.

Arrangements were made to speak the following day, and, in conversation at the midtown Manhattan highrise where he has lived since 1977, Abrams explained his laconic response to the honor, bestowed on the heels of his selection as a 2010 NEA Jazz Master.
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