September 2020



Artemis Is Fierce!

During a Zoom conference call with DownBeat, the members of pianist Renee Rosnes’ septet Artemis discussed the creative process behind their eponymous Blue Note debut, their views on inclusivity in jazz and why the group decided to name itself after the Greek goddess of the hunt.​

  • Maria Schneider

    Navigating Disparate Worlds

    The two-disc Data Lords constitutes Schneider’s fifth project created and documented through ArtistShare, the crowdfunding platform that she first used to create her 2004 album Concert In The Garden.

  • Billy Childs

    Vast Musical Vision

    ​Abundance might be the defining quality of Childs’ career. Whether it’s the breadth of music history his work can encompass on any given album—or really, any given song—the stories he tells through composition or his endless and unerring cast of collaborators, there seems to be nothing but a desire to continue opening up the music, stretching toward new creative horizons.

Blindfold Test

Warren Wolf was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Lionel Hampton: “Blue Moon” from Silver Vibes (Columbia)
  • Renee Rosnes: “Lucy From Afar” from Written In The Rocks (Smoke Sessions)
  • Steps Ahead: “Northern Cross” from Steps Ahead (Elektra)
  • Joel Ross: “Ill Relations” from KingMaker (Blue Note)
  • George Duke: “That’s What She Said” from I Love The Blues, She Heard My Cry (MPS)
  • Brad Mehldau: “Wave/Mother Nature’s Son” from Largo (Nonesuch)
Also in this Issue
Indie Life
  • Kahil El’Zabar
  • Joyce Grant
  • Transcription: Carla Bley Piano Solo
  • Review: Kawai CA99, CA79
  • Review: Yamaha YC61 Stage Keyboard
DB Jazz Education Achievement Awards
  • Lee Secard
  • Tina Raymond
DB Jazz Education Hall of Fame
  • Robert “Doc” Morgan

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