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May 2021

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The Israeli pianist and composer’s music often sounds otherworldly, which may have something to do with why he’s given his latest album the reassuring title Human. In conversation with A.D. Amorosi, Maestro turns out to be very much a man of our world, believing in the value of intimacy, conversation, and the “Grandma Rule.”

When she first came to the U.S. from South Korea 10 years ago, Jihye Lee barely knew a thing about jazz. Today she’s an award-winning big-band composer and leader whose music is turning heads around the globe. How did this happen? In short, it involved daring. By Morgan Enos

Even coming off a year that was filled with loss, most of us were unprepared for the news of Chick Corea’s death on February 9. Luckily, the keyboard wizard left plenty of music—and memories—behind. Lenny White, Renee Rosnes, John Patitucci, and Béla Fleck, among others, pay their respects to one of jazz’s all-time greats.

In 2021, Metheny the player is taking a backseat to Metheny the composer with the release of Road to the Sun, featuring two ambitious pieces performed by Jason Vieaux and the L.A. Guitar Quartet. John Pizzarelli thinks so much of Pat’s compositions that he’s putting out an album of them too, which is why we decided to bring these two guitar masters together for a chat.


Opening Chorus: Chris Pattishall explores the zodiac; fun and games with the 8-Bit Big Band; Behn Gillece; Sana Nagano; and farewells to Sibongile Khumalo, Milford Graves, Ralph Peterson Jr., Chris Barber, and Duffy Jackson
Chronology: Steve Swallow remembers Pete La Roca
Artist’s Choice: Brandee Younger’s favorite cuts on Impulse!
Chops: Branford Marsalis and Howard Alden talk ghosting

Overdue Ovation: Freda Payne
Before & After: Warren Wolf
Audio Files: Brent Butterworth on the allure of vintage gear 
Gearhead: Five decades of the Optigan

Reviews: Floating Points with Pharoah Sanders, Veronica Swift, Charles Lloyd & the Marvels, Gretchen Parlato, and more

Cover image by Jimmy Katz