May 2019


Branford Marsalis

Speaking His Truth

In a lively, wide-ranging interview, the saxophonist weighs in on Miles Davis, John Coltrane and the classical composer Saint-Saëns, and discusses his namesake quartet’s new album, The Secret Between The Shadow And The Soul.

  • Vijay Iyer & Craig Taborn

    Building Something Majestic

    Although Iyer and Taborn have been performing as a duo intermittently for more than a dozen years, their first official album—The Transitory Poems (ECM)—just has been released.

  • Cyrille Aimée

    Rekindled Energy

    Aimée’s dream of becoming a jazz singer has taken her around the world. That path now has led to New Orleans, to a less band-defined, more individual musical focus, and to the challenge of recording the new album Move On: A Sondheim Adventure (Mack Avenue).

  • Johnathan Blake

    Born To Play

    “I was really young, 1 or 2 years old, but my parents said when the music started I would just lock in. I was in a trance, nothing could break my attention, and I was always focused on rhythm,” Blake said.

Blindfold Test

Sullivan Fortner was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Kris Davis: “Eronel” from Duopoly (Pyroclastic)
  • Geoffrey Keezer/Kendra Shank: “Song Of Life [Heartsong]” from Half Moon: Live In New York (Ride Symbol)
  • David Virelles: “Tierra” from Gnosis (ECM)
  • Keith Jarrett: “Part III, Paris, Salle Pleyel, July 4, 2014” from Creation (ECM)
  • Victor Gould: “Lover” from Earthlings (Criss Cross Jazz)
  • John Escreet: “Test Run” from Learn To Live (Blue Room)
  • Kenny Barron: “Charade” from Gerry Gibbs’ Thrasher Dream Trio (Whaling City Sound)
Also in this Issue
2019 International Summer Festival Guide
  • Listings of hundreds of jazz festivals from around the world.
Reed School
  • Developing Great Dynamics by Josh Sinton
  • Master Class by Andrea Brachfeld
  • Pro Session by Matt Shevitz
  • Transcription: Tia Fuller saxophone solo
  • Toolshed

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