DownBeat Editors Picks February 2021

The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful

Recorded over two sessions in September 2019, The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful is loaded with substance. It’s also rife with risk-taking, thanks to Jeff Benedict, who arranged four of his original compositions in additio... (Read More)


California pianist Gene Russell founded the Black Jazz imprint, and began releasing albums by folks like Doug Carn and Walter Bishop Jr. in 1971. The label only would last until 1975, but during its run, Russell was able to offer an in-the-moment ... (Read More)


Unlike Diego Figueiredo’s excellent 2020 album, Compilation (Arbors)—for which he played electric guitar on about half the tracks—his new... (Read More)


In its incarnation as a trio, as well as a big band, the sparks igniting Fire! generally come from Mats Gustafsson. For about 30 years, the Swedish multi-instrumentalist has moved among the jazz, free-improv and rock worlds, showcasing acuity on b... (Read More)