DownBeat Editors' Picks - August 2018

No One Ever Tells You

Singer Amy Cervini spikes her new album with unexpected twists that make it a gem. As the title of her 2014 album Jazz Country implies, Cervini likes to mix her jazz with a rootsy, Americana flavor. The 10-song program on No One Ever ... (Read More)

Tokyo 1975

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This previously unreleased live recording captures Dexter Gordo... (Read More)

Get It How You Live

Trumpeter Russell Gunn has been delivering thought-provoking, high-octane, genre-exploding musical goodness since his introduction in 1995 with the album Young Gunn. From Gunn Fu to Russell Gunn Presents...Bionic: Krunk Jazz to his amazingly charg... (Read More)


Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug and New York tenor saxophonist Mark Turner team up as a duo on this inspired collection of tailor-made Ploug originals. Having toured Europe together for 10 years in a Ploug-led combo, they scaled things way down on(Read More)

Wet Robots

Anyone capable of turning a both a Stooges song about shooting smack and a Kinks ode to the sun into free-jazz finery is worth a listener's time. Fay Victor hasn't issued a bunch of music as a leader, and when she has, it's largely been through he... (Read More)

Un Día Cualquiera

Fans of Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa's 2016 disc, El Viaje (Mack Avenue), certainly should check out his new album on the same label: Un Día Cualquiera. The title of the previous disc translates to The Journ... (Read More)

The Painted Lady Suite

Michael Leonhart's new album is a testament to his glorious, unbridled ambition. He composed, arranged and conducted all the music on The Painted Lady Suite, an album that he also produced. He recruited more than 30 musicians- including g... (Read More)

Mattson 2 Play "A Love Supreme"

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Even as his posthumous Both Directions At Once: The Lost Alb... (Read More)