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June 2022

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His unyielding attention to detail over decades has made him a modern master, influencing a generation of saxophonists. But Mark Turner shows other sides of himself in this unvarnished conversation with A.D. Amorosi. “I’m not naturally talented,” he confesses. “I have to study and pay attention to the craft to credibly play music. I have to be on it all the time.”

As our world fell apart in 2020, Melissa Aldana not only found herself facing the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftereffects but also had to confront the reality of a divorce and an uprooted life. With her latest album 12 Stars, the Chilean tenorist closes that uncertain chapter and begins a promising new one. Jackson Sinnenberg checks in.

Melissa Aldana (photo: Eduardo Pavez Goye)
Melissa Aldana (photo: Eduardo Pavez Goye)

The past two years have led us to re-examine many things. Among them: the work of Kenny Garrett. If only more such re-examinations were as enjoyable! The alto great’s most recent release, Sounds from the Ancestors, is music with a mission, and David Fricke discusses that and much more with Garrett in a fascinating and wide-ranging interview.

With bonus listings for 2023!

JT Notes
Opening Chorus: Preservation Hall’s octogenarian reedman Charlie Gabriel makes his first solo album; Eli Degibri honors his parents; Julieta Eugenio of Argentina; Marcus Elliot of Detroit; and farewells to Jessica Williams, Dennis González, Barbara Morrison, Tina May, John Swenson, and Charnett Moffett
Chronology: Steve Lacy, bebopper
Before & After: Walter Smith III
Overdue Ovation: Greg Abate

Artist’s Choice: Meat maven Tim Lefebvre 
Audio Files: Brent Butterworth on active vs. passive speakers
Gearhead: Gibson brings a long-forgotten electric guitar design to life

Reviews: The tintinnabulation of Gerald Clayton’s Bells on Sand, prime early-’60s Dexter Gordon, Avishai Cohen, Myra Melford, Joel Ross, and more

Cover image by Hollis King