Roy Hargrove enters the DownBeat Hall of Fame.

(Photo: Mark Sheldon)

DownBeat 86th Annual Readers Poll Winners

The readers have spoken in the 86th annual DownBeat Readers Poll, paying special tribute to recently departed legends of jazz. This year’s slate of winners is led by trumpeter…

Matthew Shipp/Whit Dickey

(Burning Ambulance Music)

Mike LeDonne’s Groover Quartet + Big Band
It’s All Your Fault

Heritage/Evolution Volume 2
(XAS Records)

Joel Frahm
The Bright Side

Oscar Peterson

A Time For Love: The Oscar Peterson Quartet–Live In Helsinki
(Mack Avenue)

Bitchin Bajas
Switched On Ra
(Drag City)

Farnell Newton
Feel The Love

Dino Govoni
Hiding In Plain Sight
(Whaling City Sound)


Albert Ayler

Albert Ayler: The Truth Is Marching In

In a restaurant-bar in Greenwich Village, tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler was ruminating on the disparity between renown and income. In his case, anyway. Covers of his albums are prominent in the windows of more and more jazz record stores; references to him are increasingly frequent in jazz magazines, here and abroad; a growing number of players are trying to sound like him.

“I’m a new star, according to a magazine in England,” Ayler said, “and I don’t even have fare to England. Record royalties? I never see any. Oh, maybe I’ll get $50…

Growing Up Monk

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