January 2019


Eric Dolphy

‘Prophet’ of Freedom

The legacy of multi-instrumentalist and composer Eric Dolphy is explored through the examination of a new three-disc set from Resonance, ‘Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions.’

  • Donny McCaslin

    ‘Just Be Brave’

    The most significant difference between Blow. and most everything else Donny McCaslin has released under his own name was the decision to feature vocalists on the majority of the tracks.

  • Makaya McCraven

    Sonic Scientist

    “I just try to follow the best, most sensitive, dynamic and creative people I know,” Makaya McCraven said while discussing Universal Beings, his most recent album.

  • Best Albums of 2018

    5-, 4½- and 4-star albums from the past year.
Blindfold Test

John Clayton was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Quincy Jones & His Orchestra: “Hard Sock Dance” from The Quintessence (Impulse)
  • The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra: “Sybil’s Blues” from Get It How You Live (Ropeadope)
  • Gerald Wilson Orchestra: “Love For Sale” from In My Time (Mack Avenue)
  • Sun Ra & His Arkestra: “We Travel The Spaceways” from Greatest Hits: Easy Listening For Intergalactic Travel (Evidence)
  • Michael Leonhart Orchestra: “In The Kingdom Of M.Q.” from The Painted Lady Suite (Sunnyside)
  • Jenny Scheinman: “I Heart Eye Patch” from Crossing The Field (Koch)
Also in this Issue
Jazz School
  • Ron Carter’s Alternative Harmonic Routes
  • Two Master Classes
  • Pro Session
  • A Transcription of Jamie Baum’s work
  • Toolshed

PLUS: Dozens of album reviews, product reviews and much more!