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THE TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2019
From untold thousands of jazz releases both new and historical, our contributors picked their absolute favorites and commented on a few. For those who haven’t already seen the list, we won’t give anything away on this page; click here.
From Mongo to Miles to Circle—and from Return to Forever through combos Akoustic and Elektric to the Spanish Heart Band—Corea has had a remarkable life in music. Now, at 78, he’s busier than he’s ever been. Tom Moon sat down with the keyboard maven to find out how he does it.
For her latest album Diatom Ribbons, the daring pianist gathered together an astonishing array of players, including Esperanza Spalding, Nels Cline, JD Allen, Ches Smith, Terri Lyne Carrington, and turntablist Val Jeanty. And yet, she tells Shaun Brady, she still feels wary of being pigeonholed.
The Dominican Republic, Harvard University, Leonard Slatkin, and George Wein (of course)—all play major roles in the history of Michel Camilo. To celebrate the 25th album of his career, he delved back into that history and came out with a big-band gem called Essence. Camilo told Jeff Tamarkin plenty about that, and much more.
Opening Chorus: ECM turns 50 (and so does JazzTimes), a documentary on Dave Grusin, Fabian Almazan, Carmen Sandim, Senri Oe
Farewells to Ray Santos, Fred Taylor, Gerry Teekens, Jan Erik Kongshaug, and Mary Ann Topper
Chronology: Ethan Iverson on three late great piano men
Artist’s Choice: Jacky Terrasson praises pianists you know right away
A Before & After listening session with Emmet Cohen
An Overdue Ovation for Joanne Brackeen
Audio Files: Brent Butterworth on amplified speakers
Chops: The Real Book gets reharmonized
Gearhead: John McLaughlin goes hi-tech
Album Reviews: Chet Baker, Nick Dunston, Tomeka Reid, and more
Cover image of Chick Corea by Mad Hatter Studios