October 2017

Our October 2017 issue is on-sale now!
Highlights of this issue include:

Features

Essential Solos

To compile this list of 40 fantastic improvised solos you need to hear—and, if you’re a musician, transcribe—we polled more than 100 top players and critics. The results are almost certainly not what you’d expect, and we’ve included commentary by Joe Lovano, Helen Sung, Fred Hersch, Dave Douglas and many other artists.

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Bridgewater, a recently knighted NEA Jazz Master, has been one of our greatest jazz singers for decades. But her formative years and family history are soaked in the blues and R&B, and she soulfully pushes those influences to the fore on her new album, Memphis … Yes, I’m Ready.
By Lee Mergner

Jaimie Branch

There’s a common complaint that today’s younger jazz musicians are a homogenous lot, devoid of character. The 34-year-old trumpeter Jaimie Branch, however, is just the opposite: absolutely unforgettable, from the jersey collection she calls stage wear to her lyrically strident free improvising.
By Shaun Brady

The State of the Cornet

Cornet devotees will speak in poetic verse about the instrument’s gorgeously foggy midrange tone and how its playability makes melodic beauty unavoidable. But could all of that be in the player’s head? Michael J. West talks to musicians, craftsmen and other experts to find out.

Columns & Departments

JT Notes

Editor Evan Haga on what list-making means

Opening Chorus

Mike Stern, Gilles Peterson, Camille Thurman, Newport Jazz Festival, Lauren Kinhan, news and farewells

Before & After

Marquis Hill: A listening session with the Chicago-bred trumpeter and former winner of the Thelonious Monk Competition.

Overdue Ovation

Joe Fiedler: His bop beginnings and avant-garde adventures

Artist’s Choice

Ambrose Akinmusire chooses tracks by other great
young trumpeters

Sound Advice

AudioFiles

Inside the Newvelle label’s vinyl subscription service by Brent Butterworth

Chops

Rob Mazurek and Cuong Vu offer an introduction to trumpet electronics

Gearhead

New additions to the Real Book library from Hal Leonard

Reviews

Reviews of albums by Vijay Iyer Sextet, Fabian Almazan, Lester Bowie, Alan Broadbent, Amir ElSaffar Rivers of Sound, David Gilmore, Tim Hagans, Abdullah Ibrahim, Russell Malone, Charnett Moffett, Gary Peacock Trio and many others.

Cover of October 2017 issue of JazzTimes