In full flight
The precociously tactful 12-year-old piano phenom
Three great saxophonists explain why technique isn’t everything
New creative pathways for top musicians
To understand the significance of Dial Records, a good place to start is the tune “Relaxin’ at Camarillo.” Camarillo is 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, where Dial was founded in 1945 by Ross Russell, the young owner of the Tempo Music Shop, the record...
Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Julian Lage and Marvin Sewell on the state of jazz guitar
Wayne Shorter is the most self-effacing of bandleaders; he often plays with such reticence that you’d never guess he was the star unless you glanced at an album’s credits or noticed his bandmates’ reactions to his cues during a gig. Brian Blade, Shorter’s...
Ever since 1980, when guitarist Pat Metheny became a big enough jazz star to record whatever he wanted, he has more or less alternated avant-garde ventures with more populist projects. His user-friendly collaborations with keyboardist Lyle Mays in the ’80s...
Exploring the artistry and humanity of a kindred spirit
The trumpeter balances a new album, an opera, mentoring & more
The guitarist and singer balances art and commerce on Nat King Cole tribute
Five great bass clarinet tracks
A look at the instrument's history and some of its masters
When Dave Douglas unveiled his new acoustic quintet last year, it was with an atypical project: Be Still , a pastoral collection of folk songs and hymns that his mother had requested for her funeral, and the first-ever Douglas album to feature a vocalist...
How a composer-arranger and a great soprano melded jazz, classical and poetry
If you believe, as I do, that Van Morrison is one of the three or four greatest singers of his generation, any new recording of his is a welcome arrival. All the pleasures of his singing are evident on his latest release, Born to Sing: No Plan B : that fat...