"Diana Krall -- Brazil inspired the pianist/vocalist’s new album, which teams her with Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt and Claus Ogerman. Between motherhood and a continued refinement of her sound, Krall has continued to mature as an artist, demonstrated by her seductive new takes on Brazilian and American standards."
What else is inside the May issue? Here's a glimpse ...
The 10 Best Saxophone Interviews in DownBeat’s History
To celebrate DownBeat's 75th anniversary, the magazine has scoured the archives and found the truly classic interviews with the saxophone legends. From talks with Coltrane and Hawkins to Rollins and Getz, they rank 10 amazing interviews with the legends.
Finding Your Saxophone Voice
From Ron Blake and Seamus Blake to Marcus Strickland and Donny McCaslin, DB talk to a number of saxophonists about the challenges of being a modern jazz saxophonist - of finding your creativity, dealing with so much history on the horn while still paving a new path.
Having just turned 75, Shorter continues to mine new veins of creativity, including work with his long-standing quartet and his recent project with Imani Winds. An insightful interview with the DownBeat Hall of Famer.
George Garzone & Claire Daly master classes
Transcription: Paul Desmond on “Desmond Blue”
Southside Johnny & La Bamba’s Big Band -- The music of Tom Waits inspired trombonist Richie “La Bamba” Rosenberg--leader of the famous Asbury bar band The Jukes--to record his new big band album with vocalist Southside Johnny, an ambitious DIY project the likes of which are rarely seen or heard in jazz.
SPECIAL SECTION: Summer Festival Guide
In addition to listing more than 150 international festivals by region, they have stories on how festivals interact with their locales to integrate into the community, great festival videos, and a number of pieces on individual festivals in each region.
Helio Alves (piano)
John Black (guitar)
Chie Imaizumi (keyboard)
Denman Maroney (piano)
BLINDFOLD TEST -- Vijay Iyer
• Jazz @ Lincoln Center co-hosts an inaugural event in D.C.
• Update on status of Festival Network festivals
• Jazz vinyl: classic titles and new releases on the format
• Bill Henderson celebrating his 50th Anniverary in the business.
• David “Fathead” Newman, Hank Crawford and Blossom Dearie obits
• The Question; Vinyl Freak; Backstage With .. Bobby Hutcherson
• Caught: Brad Mehldau’s Carnegie Hall classical commission; Ray Brown Tribute at L.A.
Philharmonic; Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lewis Nash re-create Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite at
Theo Bleckmann/Kneebody, Twelve Songs By Charles Ives (Winter & Winter)
Denny Zeitlin Trio, In Concert (Sunnyside)
Marco Benevento, Me Not Me (Royal Potato Family)
Tom Harrell, Prana Dance (HighNote)
Fat Cat Big Band, Meditations On The War ... (Smalls)
Fat Cat Big Band, Angels Praying For Freedom (Smalls)
Gary Husband’s Drive, Hotwired (Abstract Logix)
Ali Jackson, Wheelz Keep Rollin’ (independent)
The October Trio + Brad Turner, Looks Like It’s Going To Snow (Songlines)
Melissa Morgan, Until I Met You (Telarc)
Colleen McNabb, Don’t Go To Strangers (Zucca)
Jorma Kaukonen, River Of Time (Red House)
Aki Takase/Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Iron Wedding (Intakt)
Alex Heitlinger, The Daily Life Of Uncle Roger (independent)
Mark Masters Ensemble, Farewell Walter Dewey Redman (Capri)
Gene Ess, Modes Of Limited Transcendence (Simp)
Steve Herberman Trio, Ideals (Reach)
Jazzmob, Flashback (Jazzaway)
Mark Colby, Reflections (Origin)
Ken Hatfield and Friends, Play The Music Of Bill McCormick (M/Pub)
Peter Bernstein Trio, Monk (Xanadu)
The Flatlands Collective, Maatjes (Clean Feed)
Gerald Cleaver, William Parker, Craig Taborn, Farmers By Nature (AUM Fidelity)
David Fiuczynski, KiF Express (Fuze)
The Dorf, The Dorf (Leo)
Van Morrison, Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl (Blue Note)
Count Basie Orchestra, Mustermesse Basel 1956 Part 1 (TCB)
Peter Zak, Seed Of Sin (SteepleChase)
Marshall Vente Trio, Marshall Arts (Chicago Sessions)
Chick Corea & Hiromi, Duet (Concord)
Rokia Traoré, Tchamantché (Nonesuch)
Al Di Meola World Sinfonia, La Melodia Live In Milano (self-released)
Paul Carr, Musically Yours (PCJ)
Generations, Tough Guys (ICA)
Todd Coolman, Perfect Strangers (ArtistShare)
Alex Graham, Brand New (Origin)
Vitaly Golovnev, To Whom It May Concern (Tippin’)
Jonathan Voltzok, More To Come (Kol Yo)
Harry Manx, Live At Glenn Gould Studio (Dog My Cat)
John Nemeth, Love Me Tonight (Blind Pig)
Saffire, Havin’ The Last Word (Alligator)
Nighthawks, American Landscape (Powerhouse)
Root Doctor, Live At Cadillac Club (Big O)
Michael Chapman, Time Past (Electric Ragtime/Ryko)
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, The Tiffany Transcriptions (Collectors’ Choice)
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, Standards I/II (ECM)
Fred Hersch, Let Yourself Go (Aha!)
Freddie Hubbard, One Of A Kind (Arkadia)
Don Ellis, Electric Heart (Sleepy Night)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Live! (Heads Up)
John Broven, Record Makers And Breakers (University of Illinois Press)