DownBeat Editors Picks March 2020


A bassist equally comfortable backing up vocalist Kurt Elling... (Read More)


Inkflies, the Unknown New's fourth CD, features Chris Siebold, Mike Pinto and Jim Tashjian on an arsenal of axes including lap steel, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, baritone guitar and synth guita... (Read More)

In Duo with Mihkel Mälgand

An artist’s lyrics can affect how critics categorize their work. If lyrics are bubbly, critics might call it a pop song, but if the tale is depressing or gritty, then the track could get shuttled into a genre that has a stronger whiff of res... (Read More)

Here Be Dragons

In the liner notes to his third album, Here Be Dragons, Israeli-born saxophonist Oded Tzur offers a story in which he imagines the famed renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi on a jour... (Read More)

You Can't Lose with the Blues

It’s good to get along with your boss. The proof can be heard on You Can’t Lose With The Blues, the new straightahead gem from pianist Lafayette Harris Jr. For the past few years, he has been in the working ba... (Read More)