March 2024


Ambrose Akinmusire

​The Beauty of Owls

Ambrose Akinmusire has taken a very broad approach to making music these days. In October, he released Owl Song, a spare, subtle trio project featuring guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Herlin Riley. He penned a commission piece, Isakoso Ara, for the Monterey Jazz Festival. Stretching further, he’s writing musical scores for TV and film. And he’s just warming up. We check in with the gifted trumpeter and composer.

  • Ches Smith

    'A Fearless Seeker'
  • Geri Allen & Kurt Rosenwinkel

    A 'Lovesome' Story in Paris
Blindfold Test

In his first Blindfold Test, pianist and composer Bill O’Connell worried a bit about guessing artists correctly but quickly settled into a comfortable groove at the third annual Hamptons Jazz Festival. O’Connell is a stalwart of the fest, which, in its third year, is gaining traction during its four-month series of concerts at various venues. In the fest’s inaugural year (2021), the Montauk, Long Island resident recorded his ninth Savant album, Live In Montauk, with a stellar lineup of tenor saxophonist Craig Handy, bassist Santi Debriano, drummer Billy Hart and guest trumpeter Randy Brecker. O’Connell warmed up the live session at LTV Studio by playing one of his Latin-inflected compositions on the piano: “Costa Verdes.”

  • McCoy Tyner Trio: ““Reaching Fourth”” from Reaching Fourth (Impulse, 1992, rec’d 1962)
  • Chucho Valdés: ““Chucho’s Mood”” from Jazz Batá 2 (Mack Avenue, 2018)
  • Horace Silver: ““The Cape Verdean Blues”” from The Cape Verdean Blues (Blue Note, 2004, rec’d 1965)
  • Andrew Hill: ““Hattie”” from Nefertiti (West Wind/Test Of Times Records, 1976)
  • Herbie Hancock: ““The Sorcerer”” from The Essential Herbie Hancock (Columbia, 2006, rec’d 1968)
  • Tania Giannouli: ““Intone”” from Solo (Rattle Music, 2023)
  • Ahmad Jamal: ““Flight”” from The Essence (Part 1, Verve, 1995)
  • Bill Evans/Jim Hall: ““I’m Getting Sentimental Over You”” from Undercurrent (Blue Note, 1988, rec’d 1962)
Also in this Issue
The Beat
  • Gerald Cannon
  • Les McCann, RIP
  • Ada Rovati
  • Muguel Atwood-Ferguson
  • Tyreek McDole

Hot Box
  • André 3000
  • Sullivan Fortner
  • Joel Ross
  • Aaron Parks Little Big Band

DB's 2024 Camp Guide
  • Summer fun and learning around the globe!

Brass School
  • Jason Palmer
  • Jennifer Wharton Solo
  • XO Brass 1634 Tenor Trombone
  • Gear Box

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