DownBeat Editors' Picks - July 2019

Indigo Blue (Live at the Iridium)

Drummer Mike Clark, whose work with Herbie Hancock and The Headhunters in the 1970s expertly straddled the jazz-funk divide and generated enough aural excitement to influence multiple generations of players, indulges his straightahead side on this... (Read More)


A quirky name, an unusual home base and an aesthetic centered on deep melodicism are all factors that make Dock In Absolute an intriguing band. On its sophomore album, Unlikely, the Luxembourg-based trio—Jean-Philippe Koch (piano), ... (Read More)

Nature Work

In Chicago, Sun Ra compositions rank as repertoire with chimerical improv being the lingua franca. Ample evidence comes on the quartet recording by Nature Work, helmed by the city’s Greg Ward on alto saxophone and Jason Stein on bass clarine... (Read More)

The Search for Peace

Since the group's formation in 2011, the BT ALC Big Band, led by trombonist Brian Thomas and trumpeter Alex Lee-Clark, has gained a reputation for hard grooving original compositions featuring the most talented jazz and funk musicians in Boston. T... (Read More)

Time Gone Out

On the face of it, a piano and violin duo seems less like a jazz project than something from the classical realm, and if you’re listening for the traditional tropes of mainstream jazz—blue notes, swung eighths, regularly recurring chor... (Read More)

Psychedelic Backfire I

Jammy Oslo-bred fusion trio Elephant9, now more than a decade into life, offers up a pair of live recordings on Psychedelic Backfire I and II that seethe with aggression and recline with tranquility. Revisiting its recorded past in a live setting ... (Read More)