DownBeat Editors' Picks - December 2018

New Year

Fans of Anne Sajdera might assume that her new album would be a continuation of the Brazilian-flavored work she pursued with the band Pelo Mar and on her previous album, 2012's Azul. However, New Year represents a new chapter for... (Read More)

New Latin American Music for Guitar and String Quartet

Guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque and KAIA String Quartet, a rising star among American chamber ensembles, shine together in pieces by Latin American masters, from Astor Piazzolla to Eduardo Angulo and to Leo Brouwer, from Afro-Cuban to tango, from the... (Read More)

Paradisiacal Mind [Vinyl]

Paradisiacal Mind, Dire Wolves' tenth (or possibly twelfth?) full-length since 2008, conjures a floating stellular kraut Americano with quite a lot to pull you in to the mix and then drift you right back out again. Following two simultane... (Read More)

Igbó Alákọrin (The Singer's Grove), Vol. 1 and 2

Igbó Alákọrin (The Singer’s Grove) Vol. I and II is one more in David Virelles' series of explorations into the legacy and possibilities of Cuban music. But unlike its predecessors, this album is more focused on the p... (Read More)

Long Ago and Far Away

Bassist Charlie Haden and pianist Brad Mehldau had known each other for about 14 years when they were invited to perform a duo concert at the Christuskirche church in Mannheim, Germany as part of the 2007 Enjoy Jazz Festival. The resulting live re... (Read More)

Take Another Look: A Career Retrospective [Vinyl]

If you're an unrepentant Gary Burton obsessive, hearing how he swings in various settings during six decades alone is worth the time spent here. Across the five LP's of Take Another Look: A Career Retrospective, the now-retired vibraphoni... (Read More)

Sings for Only the Lonely

Arguably Sinatra's greatest ballads album, Frank Sinatra Sings for Only The Lonely, has been newly mixed in stereo by Larry Walsh at Capitol Studios. Frank Sinatra Sings for Only The Lonely (1958, also known as&nbs... (Read More)