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In This Issue
- John & Gerald Clayton: Serving the Music ║ By Gary Fukushima
- DownBeat goes to Altadena, California — nestled into the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains and a nice place to raise a family — to speak with John and Gerald Clayton, a famous father and son of jazz.
- Mark Turner: Return to the West ║ By Josef Woodard
- Mark Turner is sitting in a coffeehouse bakery in Westwood, California, talking in circles. Concentric, full circles, that is. The highly praised yet still underappreciated tenor saxophonist speaks softly and in thoughtful, cross-referential terms not unlike his expressive voice as player and composer, as heard on Return From The Stars, his sophisticated and soulful, quietly compelling “chordless” quartet album on ECM.
- Michael League: Spanish Adventure ║ By Ted Panken
- Before he founded Snarky Puppy, Bokanté and GroundUP Productions, before he produced a Grammy-winning album, even before he started to play the bass or guitar, Michael League was a devotee of team sports. “As the years go on, I see more of a relationship between how I deal with music, and how I dealt with sports,” he says. “This person plays this role great, so let’s give them the ball in these situations. I often think of that on stage when I’m choosing a soloist, or, when I’m producing, considering who would be great to sing this chorus or play sax on a certain song. I think like a coach. The coach makes the decisions, makes the game plan off the field and then leaves it to the players.”
- 45th Annual DownBeat Student Music Awards
- The Best in Jazz Education!
- The Hot Box
- • SFJAZZ Collective, New Works Reflecting The Moment
• Dave Douglas, Secular Psalms
• Brad Mehldau, Jacob's Ladder
• Samora Pinderhughes, Grief
- Indie Life
- • Eugenie Jones
• Lisa Hilton
• Eli Degibri
- • Master Class by Kenny Werner
• Pro Session by Katherine McVicker
• Gear Box
- The Beat
- • Jean-Michel Pilc
• The Lessons of Black Lives: From Generation To Generation
• Lynne Arriale
• Michael Weiss
• Erwin Helfer
• In Memoriam: Charnett Moffett
- Blindfold Test: Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Hero Trio, Part 2
- Seeing a colorful press photo of Rudresh Mahanthappa and his bandmates adorned in masks, tights and capes might lead one to believe that they are the comic book-like heroes from which the trio’s name is derived. But the alto saxophonist has been clear: He is paying homage to his own musical heroes — Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and Lee Konitz, for starters. Rollins and Konitz virtually trademarked the chord-less trio format embraced by Mahanthappa and his rhythm section players, both of whom work regularly in other highly regarded trios: bassist François Moutin with pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, and drummer Rudy Royston with guitarist Bill Frisell. In this rare iteration of the DownBeat Blindfold Test, all three musicians were asked to comment on selections consisting entirely of trio music. It was Mahanthappa’s second Blindfold Test, and the first for Royston and Moutin. Part 1 appears in DownBeat’s May 2022 issue. In Part 2, the trio was tested on the following tracks:
• Branford Marsalis: “Gutbucket Steepy” from Trio Jeepy (Sony, 1989)
• Anna Webber: “Forgotten Best” from Idiom (Independent Release, 2021)
• Jeff Ballard Trio: “Western Wren (A Bird Call)/Mivakpola” from Time’s Tales (Okeh, 2014)
• Joshua Redman: “Mantra #5” from Trios Live (Nonesuch, 2014)
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