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In this exclusive interview with JT editor Mac Randall, the American guitarist par excellence reveals what he’s been doing in Brooklyn quarantine, mourns the friends he’s lost this year, offers insight into his new trio album Valentine, and describes how his instrument saves him every day.
THE PEDAL STEEL IN JAZZ
The most complicated member of the guitar family may still be more associated with honkytonks than with jazz clubs, but that’s starting to change. Geoffrey Himes identifies the leading steel players who are sliding their way into jazz, including Greg Leisz, Susan Alcorn, Chuck Campbell, and Heather Leigh.
With Sonic Youth, he spent 30 years on the edge of rock, but these days the proudly experimental Moore is traveling a different road. Shaun Brady spoke to the guitarist about his long-held love for jazz, his adventures in the world of free improvisation, and his latest avant-garde exploits. Read the interview here.
JAZZ UNDER LOCKDOWN
The COVID-19 pandemic has put the jazz business on hold, and nobody knows when, how, or if it will return to what it was before the coronavirus. In the face of total uncertainty, musicians, institutions, club owners, and festival organizers have little choice but to try and carry on in hope of a better future. Here’s what some of them are doing to get by. By Michael J. West
Opening Chorus: John Scofield honors Steve Swallow; Francesco Diodati; Wayne Krantz; Lee Mergner recalls JT’s Indelible Images; Henry Grimes, Giuseppi Logan, Jimmy Cobb, and an expanded farewells section
Chronology: Ethan Iverson on Paul Desmond and Ed Bickert
Artist’s Choice: Wayne Escoffery pays tribute to Jackie McLean
Gearhead: Ralph Towner’s acoustic arsenal
Before & After: An all-star listening session with Gregory Porter and Don Was
Overdue Ovation: Wolfgang Muthspiel
Audio Files: Brent Butterworth on true wireless earphones
Chops: Joel Harrison gets thematic
Album Reviews: The return of the 1994 Joshua Redman Quartet, Norah Jones, Diane Schuur, Jason Marsalis and more
Cover image of Bill Frisell by Monica Jane Frisell