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April 2022

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Flutist Nicole Mitchell, cellist Tomeka Reid, and percussionist Mike Reed originally formed the Artifacts trio to pay tribute to their predecessors in Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Then they realized that nobody represents today’s AACM better than they do. David Whiteis traces the group’s development in the wake of that revelation.

The pianist, composer, bandleader, blogger, and occasional JazzTimes contributor returns to basics and looks toward the future positively on Every Note Is True, his first album for Blue Note Records. In this exclusive Q&A with A.D. Amorosi, Iverson discusses (among other topics) Don Was, Ellen Raskin, Simon Rattle, Tootie Heath, social dances, and “To Sir, With Love.”

Charles Mingus (Photo courtesy of Resonance Records)
Charles Mingus (photo courtesy of Resonance Records)

One hundred years ago this April 22, the mighty Charles Mingus was born, and more than 40 years after his death, our idea of his music and his persona continues to change. Shaun Brady speaks to Charles McPherson, Jack Walrath, Charnett Moffett, and others about what Mingus represents to jazz past, present, and future.

Last month he topped our 2021 Critics’ Poll as Artist of the Year. This month the fearless—and fearsomely prolific—Parker sits down with fellow bassist Melvin Gibbs for an in-depth interview. “Have the philosophy that the music is stronger than you,” he says. “Once you activate it, it’s going to guide you home safely.”

JT Notes
Opening Chorus: Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige gets a new lease on life; Victor Wooten unveils a concerto; Gui Duvignau doffs his cap to countryman Baden Powell; and farewells to James Mtume, Marilyn Bergman, Khan Jamal, Terry Teachout, Fred van Hove, Montez Coleman, Tito Matos, Badal Roy, Beegie Adair, and Mark Levine
Chronology: The George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet
Before & After: Michael Formanek
Overdue Ovation: Percy Jones

The Scene: Jimmy’s on Congress in Portsmouth, NH
Audio Files: Brent Butterworth on subwoofers
Gearhead: Roland is golden, plus five cool new products
Artist’s Choice: Paul Chambers picks from Barenaked Ladies’ Jim Creeggan

Reviews: In Common’s charming third, Kenny Werner’s second book, Lennie Tristano, Somi, the Chicago Experiment, Ilmiliekki Quartet, Hermeto Pascoal, Simon Phillips, and more 

Cover image by Anna Yatskevich