December 2019



Playing Dangerously

Few pianists exploit the potential of the instrument with the range of skills that global superstar Hiromi has at her disposal, as evidenced on her new solo album, ‘Spectrum.’

  • Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

    Simpatico Syncopation

    Reedist Jane Bunnett’s observations of the Havana jazz scene spurred the foundation of Maqueque, a collaborative six-piece ensemble.

  • Hank Mobley

    DownBeat Hall of Fame

    During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Mobley’s experiences ranged from playing in r&b bands to a brief stint in the Duke Ellington Orchestra. But the bop revolution captured Mobley’s passion as he started recording his own compositions in 1953.

  • Wayne Shorter

    Jazz Artist of the Year Jazz/Album of the Year/Soprano Saxophonist of the Year

    The hurdles for having a project like Emanon come to fruition involve not only the cost of recording a large ensemble, but the fact that jazz and classical are seen by many as separate poles in music culture. Shorter, however, frequently has understood and explored many connections between the two genres.

Blindfold Test

Antonio Sánchez was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Tony Williams Lifetime: “Snake Oil” from Tony Williams Lifetime: The Collection (Sony)
  • Roy Haynes: “Diverse” from Birds Of A Feather—A Tribute To Charlie Parker (Dreyfus Jazz)
  • Kendrick Scott Oracle: “Windows” from A Wall Becomes A Bridge (Blue Note)
  • Buddy Rich: “Mexicali Nose” from Buddy & Soul (Pacific Jazz)
  • Sons of Kemet: “My Queen Is Angela Davis” from Your Queen Is A Reptile (Impulse)
  • Terri Lyne Carrington: “Witch Hunt” from Jazz Is A Spirit (ACT)
  • Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: “The Drum Thunder Suite” from Moanin’ (Blue Note)
Also in this Issue
Holiday Gift Guide
  • Yuletide Tunes
  • Miles’ “Cool” Sessions
  • Nat “King” Cole
  • Erroll Garner
  • “Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes”
  • Art Pepper
  • Blues & Beyond Box Sets
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Master Class: Antonio J. García
  • Pro Session: Marcos Silva
  • Transcription: Victor Wooten Bass Solo
  • Toolshed

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