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2018 READERS’ & EXPANDED CRITICS’ POLLS
The best musicians, bands, albums, books, and more
IN MEMORY OF…
Our annual special section celebrating the jazz legends whom we lost in the past year. In this edition, Myra Melford pays homage to Cecil Taylor, Ramsey Lewis praises Nancy Wilson, Monty Alexander and Min Xiao-Fen remember Randy Weston, and Lee Mergner raises a glass to JazzTimes’ founder Ira Sabin, among many others.
THE FORT APACHE BAND
The 2018 passing of Jerry González also marked the end of the Fort Apache Band, which led the way in Latin jazz for more than three decades. T.J. English delves into the back story of González, his brother and bandmate Andy, and the musical phenomenon they created in the Bronx, then took worldwide.
As both a player and a composer, he was a true jazz visionary, but tragedy cut him down at 36, arguably before he reached full artistic maturity. Musical Prophet, a new set of rediscovered 1963 Dolphy recordings, can’t change that, but it adds enormously to our understanding of his rapid creative development. Geoffrey Himes talked to co-producer James Newton and others about where this music came from and why it matters.
The Louis Armstrong House Museum Collections go digital
Mexico hosts its first jazz education conference
Mariel Austin shares her love of the big band
Paolo Fresu blends mysticism and politics
Ryles in memoriam: A photo essay on a Boston club’s final night
JT Notes: Past and future meet at Jazz Congress and Winter Jazzfest
A Before & After listening session with Jakob Bro
An Overdue Ovation for Ben Sidran
AudioFiles: Brent Butterworth on the wisdom of buying smart speakers
Chops: Steel pan virtuoso Jonathan Scales explains what a double second is
Artist’s Choice: Christian McBride selects his favorite recordings by departed friend Roy Hargrove
Album reviews: Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom, Joe Lovano, a tribute to Sgt. Pepper, and many more