April 2020


Gregory Porter

‘Past the Gates of Genres’

DownBeat catches up with Porter in his hometown of Bakersfield, California, to discuss ‘All Rise.’ The album features original compositions that explore various aspects of love, reflect his gospel roots and a desire to blend genres.

  • Delfeayo Marsalis

    Merchant of Joy

    Marsalis’ New Orleans-based Uptown Jazz Orchestra’s recent release, Jazz Party, and its 2016 predecessor, Make American Great Again, rank among the strongest big–band discs of the past 10 years.

  • Dave Liebman

    ‘Conscious of Every Breath’

    Liebman’s Earth caps a series of albums inspired by natural elements.

  • Lakecia Benjamin

    Pursuing a Spiritual Quest

    Pursuance is Benjamin’s most ambitious project so far, not only for its eye-popping lineup, but for the magnitude of its subject matter: the compositions of Alice Coltrane and John Coltrane.

Blindfold Test

Paolo Fresu was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Enrico Rava: “Overboard” from TATI (ECM)
  • Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington: “The Beautiful American” from The Great Summit: The Master Takes (Roulette Jazz/Blue Note)
  • Terence Blanchard Featuring The E Collective: “Compared To What” from Breathless (Blue Note)
  • Chet Baker: “Alone Together” from Chet—Riverside Jazz Classics (Riverside/Fantasy)
  • Miles Davis: “Maze” from Rubberband (Warner Bros./Rhino)
  • Nat Adderley: “Work Song” from Work Song: Keepnews Collection (Riverside/Concord Label Group)
Also in this Issue
NAMM Gear Guide
  • The best horns, pro-audio, guitars, drums and keyboards from The NAMM Show
Brass School
  • Practicing for Endurance by Rex Richardson
  • Master Class with Ian Carey
  • Pro Session with John Raymond
  • Transcription of a Nick Finzer Trombone Solo
  • Toolshed

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