July 2020


Makhathini, Davis, Muthspiel, Moore, Corea, Younger and Douglas, McBride

An Improvised Life

As concerts and recording sessions around the globe came to an abrupt halt, DownBeat interviewed eight artists to discuss their strategies for coping during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • ChristianSands

    ‘Empty Your Mind’

    ​When Sands turned 30 in May 2019, he felt an urge to take stock of his life. For some millennials, that exercise might be a bit deflating, but few of his peers have so many achievements to contemplate.

  • Kurt Rosenwinkel

    Technological Maestro

    ​Rosenwinkel’s Angels Around is his second collection of trio standards, following 2009’s Reflections (Word of Mouth Music). But whatever the two albums might share in concept and instrumentation is overshadowed by a pointed difference in sound and strategy.

Blindfold Test

Matt Brewer was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Dave Holland/Zakir Hussain/Chris Potter: “Ziandi” from Good Hope (Edition)
  • Rodney Whitaker: “Just Squeeze Me” from All Too Soon: The Music Of Duke Ellington (Origin)
  • Christian McBride’s New Jawn: “Sightseeing” from Christian McBride’s New Jawn (Mack Avenue)
  • Edward Simon/Scott Colley/Brian Blade: “Kingpin” from Steel House (ArtistShare)
  • Michael Formanek’s Elusion Quartet: “Culture Of None” from Time Like This (Intakt)
  • Peter Slavov: “Bye” from Little Stories (Slavov Music)
  • Tiger Trio: “Honesty” from Map Of Liberation (RogueArt)
Also in this Issue
Guitar School
  • Master Class with Alex Goodman
  • Toolshed

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