DownBeat Editors' Picks - March 2017

Infinite Distances

Pianist Noah Haidu, a rising star who previously studied with Kenny Barron and Daved Hazeltine, recently released his third album, Infinite Distances. The leader recruited a top-shelf ensemble for the project, including Jeremy Pelt, Sharel Cassity... (Read More)


Vocalist-composer Theo Bleckmann raised his internation profile via his collaboration with pianist Julia Hulsmann's quartet on the 2015 tribute album A Clear Midnight: Kurt Weill and America, but on his new album, Elegy, he focuses on original com... (Read More)

Over the Rainbow

I have often confessed in these reviews to having a soft spot for solo recordings. I find performances in which the music is stripped down to just the artist and the instrument to be the most personal expression of that artist’s true musical... (Read More)

Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton

Bandleader Ben Markley's latest project is a labor of love, shining a spotlight on the compositions of pianist Cedar Walton. Markley, an assistant professor of jazz piano at the University of Wyoming, recruited fellow UW faculty members as well as... (Read More)

Freedom Highway

There's a natural warmth and intensity to the music of Rhiannon Giddens. It's earthy yet sophisticated, grounded yet worldly. On Freedom Highway, her ability to use all of this to strike at the heart of difficult issues serves her remarkably well.... (Read More)

Planetary Prince

After the massive success of saxophonist Kamasi Washington’s The Epic, it was just a matter of time before Cameron Graves, the head-turning pianist on that three-disc masterpiece, released his leader debut. With Planetary Prince, Graves brin... (Read More)