DownBeat Editors' Picks - July 2018

Love Stone

Tenor saxophonist JD Allen had only one goal in mind - to play "pretty" - when he set out to record an album consisting entirely of ballads. He put the brainier aspects of his craft to the side and opted to feed his emotional core, focusing on mel... (Read More)

Blue Dream

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The rigorous pursuit of musical virtue can lead any number of p... (Read More)


A co-leader project often is an opportunity to hear an old favorite in a new context - and perhaps to discover a new favorite musician. Such is the same with Duologue, icon Ken Peplowski's album with fellow clarinetist Adrian Cunningham, ... (Read More)

In Real Time

The time trumpeter John Bailey spent performing in bands helmed by pianist Arturo O'Farrill and percussionist Ray Barretto only sparingly come to bear on this set of 12 tunes, which includes renditions of Milton Nascimento's "Morro Velho" and Gilb... (Read More)


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Kavuma is the kick-ass debut album by Uganda-born, Bri... (Read More)

Tribute: Newly Recorded Blues Celebration of Delmark's 65th Anniversary

Postwar Chicago blues is a sturdy house, and Delmark Records helped build its foundation. Founded by Bob Koester, Delmark released a few albums by legendary vocalist/harmonica player Junior Wells, including the monumental classic Hoodoo Man Bl... (Read More)