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TONY BENNETT & DIANA KRALL
On their first album of duets, Love Is Here to Stay, Bennett and Krall—with help from the Bill Charlap Trio—share their fondness for some of America’s sharpest songs, composed by a couple of guys named George and Ira. And that’s not all they share, as Lee Mergner discovered in conversation with both singers, along with Charlap and several other members of Team Bennett.
In his teens, he created a comic book called Other Worlds. Now, at 85, he’s brought that youthful passion together with mature music-making, and the result is Emanon, a hugely ambitious three-disc blend of jazz quartet and chamber orchestra, with a sci-fi graphic novel about the multiverse on the side. Tom Moon talks to the sax giant and tries to make sense of it all.
His friend and former teacher Ambrose Akinmusire (no slouch himself) calls O’Farrill “my favorite trumpet player of any generation right now.” And he’s only 24. Natalie Weiner tells the story of a young trumpeter who inherited the traditions of a royal jazz family but has no qualms about staking out new musical territory. Just don’t get him started on that hoary term “Latin jazz.”
TUBA IN THE HOUSE
From New Orleans brass bands to New York avant-gardists, jazz’s original low-end leader is taking an exciting new part in today’s music. Michael J. West discusses the current state of the tuba with some decidedly non-oompah players like Bob Stewart, Joseph Daley, Marcus Rojas, Kirk Joseph, José Davila, and the great Howard Johnson.
Jim Farber revisits Guru’s hip-hop/jazz hybrid Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 on its 25th anniversary
Michael Leonhart dabbles in lepidopterology
Luciana Souza respects the word
Benje Daneman gets Biblical
JT Notes: Mac Randall’s live-at-Newport top 10
A Before & After listening session with Robin Eubanks
An Overdue Ovation for Bill Warfield
AudioFiles: Brent Butterworth weighs the options for digital audio storage
Chops: Steven Bernstein reveals secrets of the slide trumpet
Artist’s Choice: Jaimie Branch selects her favorite “brass chillers”
Album reviews: R+R=NOW, Stanley Clarke, Antonio Sánchez, Steve Tibbetts, Arturo Sandoval, and many more