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October 2020

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The lauded composer and bandleader’s latest opus, Data Lords, is divided into two discs: one representing the world of technology and one exploring the world of nature. It’s a duality that reflects her life—and all our lives—as Schneider explains in a fascinating and wide-ranging interview with David Fricke.


“I hate telling people what the album is about,” Ambrose Akinmusire says of his latest collection, On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment, “but I consider this a blues record.” In conversation with Shaun Brady, the trumpeter and composer delves deep into the blues, as well as life in his native Oakland and finding comfort in self-sufficiency.


London has one of the most vibrant jazz scenes on the planet right now, and 28-year-old tenor saxophonist Nubya Garcia is a major part of that. In conjunction with the release of Source, her debut full-length album as a leader, Garcia talks to Natalie Weiner about vision, education, and making real change in the music industry.


When Satchmo returned to New York City in March 1929 after more than three years away, he was welcomed as a hero. But that was only the prelude to a groundbreaking studio session. In an exclusive excerpt from his new book Heart Full of Rhythm, the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s Ricky Riccardi tells the story of the jazz icon’s first recordings with an integrated band.

Opening Chorus: The Sun Ra Arkestra’s first album in 20 years; Samuel Blaser; Dominic Lalli; Marshall Gilkes; traces the evolution of the JT double interview; and farewells to Cleve Eaton, Eddie Gale, Annie Ross, Helen Jones Woods, Terry Coen, Dave Mackay, and Joe Segal
Chronology: Ethan Iverson on Larry Young and Woody Shaw
Artist’s Choice: John Lake picks a few favorite “horn bands”
Gearhead: Terence Blanchard gets processed

Before & After: Charles Tolliver
Overdue Ovation: Randy Brecker
Audio Files: Brent Butterworth on extreme speakers
Chops: Secrets of orchestral arranging

Reviews: Immanuel Wilkins’ powerful debut, Brad Mehldau, Alexa Tarantino, Artemis and more, plus books by Kevin Whitehead and Ben Sidran

Cover image by Briene Lermitte