August 2019


Cécile McLorin Salvant

The Theater of Cécile McLorin Salvant

Praised to the skies, Cécile McLorin Salvant has tried to keep her feet on the ground.

  • Annual 67th Critics Poll

    Complete Poll Results

    The complete poll results include innumerable categories for established artists and Rising Stars. Additionally, there’s a roundup of the past year’s Top 10 Jazz Albums and Top 10 Historical Albums.

  • Wayne Shorter

    Jazz Album of the Year

    In true Shorter style, the way he talks about the music on Emanon is to talk about other things, because for the saxophonist, the act of composing and improvising is by its very nature random and associative.

  • Nina Simone

    Hall Of Fame

    As a child, she was a classical piano prodigy, but when her application to a Philadelphia conservatory, the Curtis Institute, was rejected—because of her race, she always believed—she rebounded by taking a job as a singer in an Atlantic City barroom.

  • Scott LaFaro

    Hall Of Fame

    Just 25 years old on July 6, 1961—the date his car veered off a highway in western New York State, killing him and a passenger in a fiery crash—bassist LaFaro already had established himself as a revolutionary instrumentalist.

Blindfold Test

Javon Jackson was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy: “Children Of The Night” from Legacy Alive: Volume 6 At The Sidedoor (Onyx)
  • Branford Marsalis Quartet: “Cianna” from The Secret Between The Shadow And The Soul (OKeh)
  • Marcus Strickland: “Timing” from People Of The Sun (Blue Note)
  • Joey DeFrancesco + The People: “A Change Is Gonna Come” from Project Freedom (Mack Avenue)
  • James Carter: “Playful–Fast (With Swing)” from Caribbean Rhapsody (EmArcy)
  • Melissa Aldana: “Elsewhere” from Visions (Motéma)
  • Eric Alexander: “Hard Blues” from Leap Of Faith (Giant Step Arts)
  • Willie Jones III: “Peace” from My Point Is ... (WJ3)
Also in this Issue
  • Master Class: Wadada Leo Smith's Ankhrasmation Symbolic Language Art-Scores
  • Pro Session: Pete McCann
  • Transcription: Jon Irabagon tenor saxophone solo
  • Toolshed

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