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July/August 2022


Nearly 30 years after the release of Us3’s Hand on the Torch, it’s no longer a novelty for Blue Note Records to let DJs into its vaults and sample away. What is different about the label’s latest batch of DJ-oriented releases, John Murph reports, is how much they reference not only Blue Note’s classic jazz past but also its more club-focused music of the last three decades.


The COVID-19 lockdown gave acclaimed guitarist Mary Halvorson the opportunity to bring some long-held compositional dreams to fruition at last. Now she’s making her Nonesuch Records debut with not one but two albums. Michael J. West uncovers a story of burnout, creative recharging, and string articulations.


Thanks to the 18 years he spent on late-night TV, Kevin Eubanks is one of the most recognizable jazz guitarists on the planet. But how much do you really know about him? Lee Mergner talks to Eubanks about his Philly and Berklee past, his current duo with Orrin Evans, and why rhythm guitar is so important.


For the first time ever, the venerable Sco has recorded an album completely by himself. It only took about 70 years and a global pandemic to get him there. In this exclusive Q&A with Mac Randall, Scofield discusses—among other topics—his solo debut, his first recording date, the session he played with Charles Mingus, and the allure of “Mr. Tambourine Man.”

JT Notes
Opening Chorus: The Summit Rock concert series in New York’s Central Park is captured on disc; Will Bernard keeps things eclectic; Rick Braun opts for eponymous; Le Coq Records has plenty to crow about; and farewells to José Luis Cortés, Roberto Masotti, and Gene Santoro
Chronology: Grant Green and the ultimate organ trio
Before & After: Gilad Hekselman 
Overdue Ovation: George Freeman 

The Scene: Brooklyn’s Soapbox Gallery
Artist’s Choice: The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio’s Jimmy James on studio players
Chops: Lucian Ban’s approach to improvising solo
Audio Files: Brent Butterworth on traveling sound 

Reviews: Freddie Hubbard live in 1973, Trombone Shorty, Miles Okazaki, Ches Smith, Astor Piazzolla, Lani Hall, Dave Douglas, a new Bill Frisell biography, and more 

Cover image by Nick Suttle