January 2021


Chris Potter

‘Room of Mirrors’

Potter, who topped the Tenor Saxophone category in the 2020 DownBeat Readers Poll, describes the “one-man band” approach he took for his latest Edition album, There Is A Tide. Potter plays more than a dozen instruments on the album, which he recorded during the pandemic.

  • Sonny Rollins

    When ‘Newk’ Went Dutch

    Lately, the saxophonist has been revisiting the past, giving his blessing to the release of Rollins In Holland, a collection of live and studio recordings documenting a 1967 Netherlands tour. ​

  • Top-Rated Albums Of 2020

    The Year In Review

    All the five-star masterpieces, 4½- and 4-star albums that were reviewed during the past year

Blindfold Test

Ryan Keberle was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Al Grey and the Basie Wing: “Open Wider, Please” from The Last Of The Big Plungers (Argo)
  • Alan Ferber: “Magnolia” from Chamber Songs: Music For Nonet And Strings (Sunnyside)
  • Urbie Green: “How About You?” from East Coast Jazz Series No. 6 (Bethlehem)
  • Michael Dease: “Mirror Image” from Never More Here (Posi-Tone)
  • The Pugh-Taylor Project: “747” from The Pugh-Taylor Project (DMP)
  • Jon Hatamiya: “The Little Island (Dreamscape #2)” from More Than Anything (Orenda)
  • Wayne Coniglio/Scott Whitfield: “2nd Avenue Stroll” from Fast Friends (Summit)
Also in this Issue
Jazz School
  • Integration of Singing into Jazz Ensembles By Dominique Eade
  • Start Composing Now By Dan Wilensky
  • Putting Rhythm First By Jimi Durso
  • Transcription Of A Matt Wilson Drum Solo
  • Toolshed
  • Gear Box

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