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.

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!