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Herb Alpert (left) receives his medal from President Obama on July 10 (Photo: Ralph Alswang)

Herb Alpert, Allen Toussaint Receive National Medals of Arts
On July 10, President Obama awarded the 2012 National Medal of Arts to trumpeter Herb Alpert and pianist Allen Toussaint. Alpert was cited for his varied contributions to music and the fine arts, and Toussaint was acknowledged
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Piano Virtuosity Abounds at 20th Annual Caramoor Jazz Festival
In its two decades of operation, New York state’s Caramoor Jazz Festival has at times struggled to be heard. Its campus is isolated on a former estate in the Westchester County woods …
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Jan Garbarek Shines in Larger Role at Umbria Jazz Festival
Earlier this year, as the organizers of Umbria Jazz were preparing for the 40th anniversary of their summer edition in Perugia, Italy, they faced a major problem. …
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Brilliant Performers Run Stylistic
Gamut at Toronto Jazz Fest

Almost every summer jazz festival does it: book big-name non-jazz attractions from the worlds of pop, hip-hop, r&b, funk, even country and bluegrass, in order to broaden the audience demographics. …
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Drummer-Percussionist
Steve Berrios Dies at 68

Steve Berrios, a founding member of the Fort Apache Band and a drummer-percussionist who blended jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythms into his own unique synthesis, died July 25 at his Manhattan home. He was 68. …
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REVIEWS // EDITORS’ PICKS
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1BY BOBBY REED
Warren Wolf,
Wolfgang
(Mack Avenue)
On his second album as a leader, vibraphonist Warren Wolf displays the combination of virtuosity and collaborative openness that fueled his rise to prominence as a member of Christian McBride’s ensemble Inside Straight. ...
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BY FRANK ALKYER
David Weiss, Endangered Species: The Music Of Wayne Shorter (Motéma)
David Weiss—the New York-based trumpeter, arranger and composer—doesn’t play fair. He stacks the deck in the best ways possible. On this album, his ... More »

BY FRANK ALKYER
Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messengers, Border-Free (Jazz Village)
El maestro Chucho Valdés, 71, is one of the great treasures of the music world. The feel of piano keys beneath his … More »

BY AARON COHEN
Matt Ulery’s Loom, Wake An Echo (Greenleaf Music)
Bassist Matt Ulery’s quietly compelling compositions on his new disc should come as no surprise to anyone who …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
Earl Klugh, HandPicked (Heads Up/Concord)
Those who read the Editors’ Picks regularly know that I have a love for solo performance recordings—just a master… More »

BY BOBBY REED
David Chesky, Jazz In
The New Harmonic
(Chesky)
David Chesky has said that for his new quintet album, he wanted to take his “harmonic language” (influenced by the classical composers Ives, Webern and Messiaen) and merge …
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BY FRANK ALKYER
OWL Trio, OWL Trio (Losen)
The OWL Trio plays with an easy grace. Billed as a new “chamber jazz” ensemble, the trio takes its time, letting notes hang like …
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BY AARON COHEN
The Garifuna Collective, Ayó (Cumbancha)
Six years ago, the album Wátina (Cumbancha) by Andy Palacio and The Garifuna Collective introduced the world to the culture of the Garifuna people. Concentrated mainly in Belize …
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BY BOBBY REED
Jayme Stone, The
Other Side Of The Air

(Self-release)
We’re living in the midst of a banjo revolution. Following the trail blazed by … More »

BY AARON COHEN
Various Artists, The South Side Of Soul Street
(Omnivore Recordings)
The best crate-digging soul reissue of 2013 might be this two-disc compilation of material from the Florida-based Minaret label. Cheryl Pawelski and Jim Lancaster produced this …
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JAZZ SCHOOL // TOOLSHED
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Field Recording Revolution
The new H6 Handy Recorder from Zoom offers six tracks of simultaneous recording. It employs a system of four interchangeable mic input capsules …
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Compact Tone-wheeler
Hammond’s XK-1c has all the sound and versatility of a B3 organ in a compact package weighing just 16 pounds. It uses the same virtual tone-wheel engine …
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Wireless Expansion
Sony has added two packages to its DWZ wireless microphone series. The DWZ-B50I instrument set includes a cardioid condenser microphone with flexible gooseneck and two-way clip for …
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Bottom Lift
Remo’s Pyramid Wire Drum Stand is designed to lift drums up off the floor and let the bass tones resonate from the bottom. …
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Special Edition Capo
Kyser and Fender have teamed up to create a special edition Quick-Change electric guitar capo in Candy Apple Red. The capo …
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Classic by Leonard Feather // March 1980
Manhattan Transfer: Sings The Songs Of Birdland
Vocal groups have long been an anomaly in jazz, and particularly in the DownBeat Readers Poll. Established in 1944, DownBeat’s Vocal Group category was won for the first six years by the Pied Pipers, then for three years by the Mills Brothers, for five of the next six years by the Four Freshman (the Hi-Los took over in 1957 only), and from 1958—’63 by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. After three victories for the Double Six of Pairs, the category was renamed Rock-Pop-Blues group, enabling the Beatles to win twice. Following a reversion to the Vocal Group name, the Pointer Sisters won in 1974—’76; Earth, Wind & Fire in 1977, Steely Dan in 1978—’79.
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