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November 2019

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Exclusive Content Lee Mergner interviews drummer Johnathan Blake, Shaun Brady reviews the 40th Detroit Jazz Festival, and John Murph selects the finest Blue Note albums of the 1970s in our biweekly JazzTimes 10 list. Plus album reviews, photo galleries, and much more. JT Blog Miles Davis fans have a chance to bid on a trumpet that the legend designed and played when the instrument goes up for auction at Christie’s in New York on Oct. 29. Davis commissioned the trumpet, which features a decorative pattern of crescent moons and stars, in 1980 from the Martin Company; at press time it’s valued between $70,000 and $100,000. Audio & Video Videos from Roberto Fonseca, Petros Klampanis, the Yes! Trio, and Stephane Wrembel; tracks by Ted Nash and Elizabeth Tomboulian JIMMY KATZ (JOHNATHAN BLAKE), RICHARD ROTHMAN (MILES DAVIS), ALEJANDRO…

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Editor Mac Randall | mrandall@jazztimes.com Contributing Editor Lee Mergner Associate Editor Matthew Bernat Contributing Writers David R. Adler, Dan Bilawsky, Shaun Brady, Philip Booth, Brent Butterworth, Nate Chinen, Sharonne Cohen, Thomas Conrad, J.D. Considine, Brad Farberman, Colin Fleming, David Fricke, James Gavin, Andrew Gilbert, Fernando Gonzalez, Steve Greenlee, Evan Haga, Geoffrey Himes, Marc Hopkins, Willard Jenkins, Mike Joyce, Ashley Kahn, Matthew Kassel, David Kastin, Aidan Levy, Bill Meredith, Allen Morrison, John Murph, Jennifer Odell, Ted Panken, Adam Perlmutter, Britt Robson, Giovanni Russonello, Sam Sessa, Mike Shanley, Jeff Tamarkin, Lucy Tauss, George Varga, Natalie Weiner, Michael J. West, David Whiteis Contributing Photographers & Illustrators John Abbott, Enid Farber, Ken Franckling, Peter Gannushkin, Ben Johnson, Jimmy Katz, Marek Lazarski, R. Andrew Lepley, Jati Lindsay, Alan Nahigian, John Rogers, Nick Ruechel, Jack Vartoogian, Michael Weintrob, Michael Wilderman Editorial Consultant Matthew Kassel ART & PRODUCTION Art Director Carolyn…

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the skins game

A band, the old saying goes, is only as good as its drummer. So it’s basically a no-brainer that this drum-focused issue of JazzTimes should refer to the work of several superlative bands. Principal among them are the manifold incarnations of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, who helped define a style that has lost none of its power to enthrall over the passing decades. Major respect is also due, as Ethan Iverson’s Chronology column makes plain, to various ensembles helmed by the great Charli Persip. And then there’s the group that is probably closest to this writer’s heart: the Mahavishnu Orchestra, featuring the incomparable Billy Cobham. Whenever I think of Cobham, I remember how it felt at age 16 when I first flipped over my vinyl copy of the debut Mahavishnu album,…

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Jazztage Dresden 10/23-11/24 | Dresden, Germany This annual festival occurs at multiple clubs, concert halls, and churches near the banks of the Elbe River. The 2019 edition’s lineup, as usual, features distinguished artists both German (Gabriel Hahn, Barbara Dennerlein, Ute Lemper) and non-German (Stanley Clarke, Curtis Stigers, Julian Lage). jazztage-dresden.de Dominican Republic Jazz Festival 10/25-11/3 | Dominican Republic A tale of two Caribbean weekends: The first, held at locations in Santiago and Puerto Plata, features Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, among others; the second, on the beach in Cabarete, brings Miguel Zenón, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Justin Kauflin, and local favorite José Alberto to the stage. drjazzfestival.com Jason Moran: The Bandwagon at 20 11/9 | John F. Kennedy Center, Washington, DC Two decades ago, pianist Jason Moran started his Bandwagon trio with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits.…

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expanding michael brecker’s legacy

Michael Brecker used to receive one or two unsolicited cassettes in the mail, every week, from young and aspiring musicians seeking his advice and guidance. One of the most influential saxophonists to emerge in the wake of John Coltrane’s death in 1967, Brecker was a busy man—he played on close to 1,000 albums in his lifetime, garnering 15 Grammy Awards—but he always made time for those tapes. “He listened to every single one of them,” his widow, Susan Brecker, recalled in a recent telephone conversation. “He was really excited that there were a lot of up-and-coming young players.” Brecker died of leukemia in 2007 at the age of 57, but his spirit lives on in a new competition. The Michael Brecker International Saxophone Competition, which had its inaugural run in late August…

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the matrix reloaded

If you look inside the CD package of Ragmala, the Go: Organic Orchestra’s collaboration with Brooklyn Raga Massive, you’ll find a Carnatic music proverb: “Shruthir mata, Laya pitaha,” which is translated as “Melody is the Mother, Rhythm is the Father.” That’s a concept that orchestra leader Adam Rudolph, in his role as a composer, takes to heart just as much as when he’s simply acting as a percussionist. It’s one thing to work out parts for an ensemble that includes five flutes of varying types, plus four reed players, four brass, and seven string players, but Rudolph puts as much or more effort into similarly orchestrating his battery of percussionists. “I try to be an evolutionist in this music, to push the boundaries, to reach for new things,” he says, from his…