March 2020


Pat Metheny

‘I Have Never Resisted What I Love’

The guitarist, composer and bandleader explores new sonic territory on ‘From This Place,’ which features his quartet plus the Hollywood Studio Symphony conducted by Joel McNeely.

  • Ben Williams

    Righteous Vocal Power

    Williams was completely mesmerized by 13th, director Ava DuVernay’s 2016 documentary about mass incarceration and racial inequality. It informed his latest recording.

  • Eric Alexander

    ‘Always Adventurous’

    Alexander’s lyrical HighNote album, Eric Alexander With Strings, is a dream come true—even though the process of recording and releasing it has been a haul. It serves as a career landmark and perhaps a turning point.

  • Bria Skonberg

    Digging into Tension

    With Nothing Never Happens, her latest release, Skonberg delves into new stylistic territory, even as she keeps faith with the old.

Blindfold Test

Michele Rosewoman was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Kris Davis: “Corn Crake” from Diatom Ribbons (Pyroclastic)
  • Jason Moran: “Thelonious” from Thanksgiving At The Village Vanguard (Yes Records)
  • Aruán Ortiz/Don Byron: “Tete’s Blues” from Random Dances And (A)Tonalities (Intakt)
  • David Virelles: “Tierra” from Gnosis (ECM)
  • Sylvie Courvoisier/Mary Halvorson: “Woman In The Dunes” from Crop Circles (Relative Pitch)
  • Marta Sánchez: “Cascadas” from El Rayo Del Luz (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  • Chucho Valdés: “Son XXI” from Jazz Bata 2 (Mack Avenue)
Also in this Issue
2020 International Jazz Camp Guide
  • Check out features on Vail Jazz Workshop, the University of Wisconsin’s Summer Music Clinic and KoSA Music.

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