January 2020


Centennial Heroes

Bird, Blakey and Brubeck at 100

Our cover package looks at the careers and legacies of drummer Blakey, saxophonist Parker and pianist Brubeck.

  • Clark Terry

    Eternal Teacher

    Apart from being one of the most distinctively melodic voices in the trumpet lineage, Terry remained a fierce ally of emerging artists throughout his career.

  • Shelly Manne

    Bold Moves From Behind the Kit

    A case can be made that no other drummer of his era had, in today’s parlance, a stronger “brand” than Manne.

  • Yusef Lateef

    The Evolutionist

    Lateef, the Detroit-bred multi-instrumentalist and composer, was a musician of Walt Whitman-esque multitudes.

Blindfold Test

Miles Okazaki was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Tom Guarna: “Hope” from The Wishing Stones (Destiny)
  • Thumbscrew: “Thumbprint” from Ours (Cuneiform)
  • Russell Malone: “Time For The Dancers” from Time For The Dancers (HighNote)
  • Jonathan Kreisberg/Nelson Veras: “Bye-Ya” from Kreisberg Meets Veras (New For Now Music)
  • David Gilmore: “Over Shadow Hill Way” from Energies Of Change (Evolutionary Music)
  • Julian Lage: “Look Book” from Modern Lore (Mack Avenue)
Also in this Issue
Top-Rated Albums of 2019
  • All the five-star masterpieces, 4½- and 4-star albums that were reviewed during the past year
Jazz School
  • The Art of Song Reinvention: Peter Eldridge
  • Cultivating Aural Imagination: Mike Holober
  • The Drummer as Bandleader: Reggie Quinerly
  • Competitions & Grants: Phillip Lutz
  • Transcription: Sonny Rollins Tenor Saxophone Solo
  • Toolshed

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