April 2019



Respectful Caretakers

The members of Galactic discuss their decision to take ownership of the legendary New Orleans venue Tipitina’s.

  • Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martinez

    Hermanos Cubanos

    On Jan. 5—four days after the 60th anniversary of the revolution in Cuba—two sons of that island nation, Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez, found themselves fiddling with wires onstage as an eager audience awaited their set at the Greenwich Village club SubCulture.

  • Noah Preminger

    Perpetual Motion Machine

    Among his numerous projects, Noah Preminger has written and recorded music based on the films of a distant relative, director Otto Preminger.

  • Rhiannon Giddens

    Giving Ancestors a Voice

    Songs Of Our Native Daughters—a collaborative set from Rhiannon Giddens, Allison Russell, Leyla McCalla and Amythyst Kiah—pushes back against expectations of American folk music, setting the record straight with a powerful quartet of black women who play banjos, fiddles and acoustic guitars.

Blindfold Test

Stefano Bollani was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Cécile McLorin Salvant: “Wild Is Love” from The Window (Mack Avenue)
  • Jason Moran: “South Side Digging” from The Armory Concert (YES Records)
  • Ehud Asherie: “If You’ve Never Been Vamped By A Brownskin” from Shuffle Along (Blue Heron)
  • Enrico Pieranunzi: “Simul” from Proximity (Camjazz)
  • Jon Batiste: “Nocturne No. 1 In D Minor” from Hollywood Africans (Verve)
  • Brad Mehldau Trio: “Great Day” from Seymour Reads The Constitution! (Nonesuch)
  • Maria Pia De Vito: “Dio ce Penzarrà” from Core [Coraçâo] (Jando)
  • Earl Hines: “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” from Earl Hines Plays Duke Ellington Volume Two (Master Jazz Recordings/New World)
  • Jaki Byard: “The Hollis Stomp” from Solo Piano (Prestige)
Also in this Issue
Brass School
  • Dave Douglas: ‘Composing for an Improvised Life’
  • Pro Session by Steve Davis
  • Master Class by Darren Barrett
  • Transcription: Kirk Knuffke Cornet Solo
  • Toolshed
Best of the NAMM Show
  • Musicians’ Gear Guide

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