July 2023



50 Years of Genre-Bending Music!

Shakti celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new album and tour as soulmates John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain still bring it after all these years!

  • GoGo Penguin

    Reigniting GoGo Penguin

    The gentlemen of U.K. trio GoGo Penguin offer Everything Is Going to Be OK (XXIM Records), the trio’s sixth full-length record reflecting cavalcade of changes that pianist Chris Illingworth and bassist Nick Blacka have endured. Blacka’s mother and brother both passed of cancer within months of one another, and Illingworth’s grandmother, too. The quiet directness of statement-turned-title suddenly takes on immense emotional weight.

  • Jacques Schwarz-Bart

    Harlem Freedom Suite

    Five years ago, Jacques Schwarz-Bart moved away from Harlem, where he had come into his own as a tenor saxophonist, composer and bandleader. On his absorbing new album, The Harlem Suite (Ropeadope), he tips his hat to that iconic Upper Manhattan neighborhood that has been an incubator for Black culture for more than a century.

Blindfold Test

Editor’s Note: We started this issue talking about Indianapolis. Let’s finish it with this classic Blindfold Test featuring that city’s favorite son, the wondrous guitarist Wes Montgomery — who proved to be a tough grader in the June 29, 1967, edition of DownBeat.

  • George Benson: “Benny’s Back” from The George Benson Cookbook (Columbia)
  • Roland Kirk: “Making Love After-hours” from Here Comes The Whistleman (Atlantic)
  • Joe Pass: “Sometime Ago” from Simplicity (World Pacific)
  • Grant Green: “Brazil” from The Latin Bit (Blue Note)
  • Stanley Turrentine: “A Taste Of Honey” from Jay Ride (Blue Note)
  • Gabor Szabo: “Walk On By” from Gypsy ’66 (Impulse)
  • Howard Roberts: “Cute” from Something’s Cookin’ (Capitol)
Also in this Issue
  • Arturo O'Farrill
  • Dan Tepfer
  • Benny Green
  • Shiri Zorn
  • Final Bar: Kidd Jordan, Karl Berger, Harrison Bankhead
  • jazzahead!
  • Bela Fleck/Edgar Meyer/Zakir Hussain
  • Christine Jensen
  • Henry Threadgill
  • Meshell Ndegeocello
  • The NAMM Show Report
  • The Grundgestalt Concept
  • Jamaaladeen Tacuma Transcription
  • Interlochen Jazz Studies

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