February 2021


The Blues Today

‘Somewhere, Somebody Has the Blues’

For this special cover story, DownBeat digs into the meaning and importance of the blues. We check in with blues stars Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Shemekia Copeland, Ruthie Foster, Billy Branch and other musicians to spotlight this enduring art form.

  • Ed Palermo Big Band

    Run With It!

    Palermo’s namesake big band has earned a reputation as a virtual circus of jazz-rock medleys, mashups, jump-cuts and other spirited musical mischief.

  • William Parker

    Everything That’s Beautiful

    “It’s the sound community of William Parker,” said vocalist Lisa Sokolov, who first met the bassist in the mid-1970s and appears on Migration Of Silence Into And Out Of The Tone World, a 10-album set.

Blindfold Test

Rez Abbasi was tested on the following tracks for the “Blindfold Test”:

  • Thumbscrew: “Cheap Knock Off” from Thumbscrew (Cuneiform)
  • Will Vinson/Gilad Hekselman/Antonio Sánchez: “Upside” from Trio Grande (Whirlwind)
  • Jeff Parker: “Go Away” from Suite For Max Brown (International Anthem/Nonesuch)
  • Alexander Noice: “Breathe In The Ether” from NOICE (Orenda)
  • Miles Okazaki: “The Lighthouse” from Trickster’s Dream (Pi)
  • David Roitstein/Larry Koonse: “Mamulengo” from Conversations (Jazz Compass)
  • John Abercrombie: “Ralph’s Piano Waltz” from Current Events (ECM)
Also in this Issue
  • Master Class by Benjamin Boone
  • Transcription of Mike Stern Guitar Solo
  • Toolshed
Jazz On Campus
  • The New School Embraces Remote Learning

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