DownBeat Editors' Picks - May 2017

Rosa dos Ventos

Anat Cohen, who topped the Clarinet category in both the DownBeat Critics Poll and Readers Poll last year, continues her deep, informed exploration of Brazilian music with the new album Rosa Dos Ventos, a collaboration with Trio Brasileiro. (Cohen... (Read More)

Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me: The Micros Play the Blues

The Microscopic Septet’s 2010 album, Friday The Thirteenth, had a subtitle—The Micros Play Monk—which conveyed essential info about the program. The band’s new album also has an informative subtitle—Been Up So Long It... (Read More)

Ella: Accentuate the Positive

Violinist Regina Carter is at the top of her art here on this fantastic tribute to Ella Fitzgerald on the occasion of her 100th anniversary. Carter shows she is in full command of her talents from the downbeat of the opening tune, “Accentuat... (Read More)

A Social Call

Jazzmeia Horn, 26, harbors both astounding technique and an acute artistic vision, traits that helped propel her to victory in the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. With her stunning debut album, A Social Call, it’s... (Read More)

Flowers: Beautiful Life, Vol. 2

Jimmy Greene is a larger-than-life man, musician and artist. He’s also a larger-than-life father with a broken heart. In 2012, his 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, was killed along with 19 of her classmates and six teachers at... (Read More)