February 2024


Chick Corea

​Elektric Memories & More

A deluge of Chick Corea posthumous releases focuses both on his Elektric Band forays as well as his classical leanings. It’s a bounty for Chick fans!

  • Greg Osby

    From the Abyss to Minimalism
  • Larry Goldings

    The Variety of Fun
  • DB Venue Guide

    100+ Great Jazz Spaces
Blindfold Test

“I might not have felt this way 30-40 years ago, but I’ve reached a point where I can hear value in what people do, even if it’s not how I’d do things,” alto saxophone grandmaster Charles McPherson said during his second DownBeat Blindfold Test. Famously a sideman with Charles Mingus between 1960-1972, with 24 leader albums to his name, McPherson demonstrated that he is playing as strongly as ever at a searing Charlie Parker tribute concert at NYC’s Tompkins Square Park on the last weekend of August. All of that at the age of 84.

  • Sonny Red: “Ditty” from Breezin’ (Riverside, 1960)
  • Steve Coleman/Von Freeman/Greg Osby: “It’s You” from StrataInstitute - Transmigration (Rebel-X/Columbia, 1991)
  • Gary Bartz: “April in Paris” from Bird at 100 (SmokeSessions, 2019)
  • Brian Lynch Big Band (featuring Donald Harrison): “The Struggle Is In Your Name” from The Omni-American Book Club (Holistic, 2018)
  • Miguel Zenón/Luis Perdomo: “Mucho Corazon” from El Arte Del Bolero, Part 2 (Independent Release, 2023)
  • Lakecia Benjamin: “Trane” from Phoenix (Whirlwind, 2023)
  • Sherman Irby & Momentum: “Sybad” from Cerulean Canvas (Black Warrior, 2017)
  • Jim Snidero: “Old Man River” from Live at Deerhead Inn (Savant, 2022)
  • Alexa Tarantino : “Surge Capacity” from Firefly (PosiTone, 2021)
Also in this Issue
The Beat
  • Keyon Harrold
  • Sean Mason
  • Lara Downes
  • Yuhan Su
  • Rotem Sivan
  • Records with Personal Signature
  • Hidden Studio Gems
  • Min Xiao Fen Solo
  • Microphone Boom Times
  • Gear Box

Hot Box
  • Abdullah Ibrahim
  • Mary Halvorson
  • Geri Allen & Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • Stacy Kent

Indie Life
  • Jonah Tolchin
  • Slow & Steady Records
  • Ross Pederson

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