DownBeat Editors' Picks - May 2018


Most jazz fans have encountered the unfortunate scenario of being thrilled by the names on an album cover but then being disappointed by the music. That is definitely not the case with the new leader project from Jared Gold, which showcases the ve... (Read More)

If Not Now, When?

Every aspect of If Not Now, When? evolved very quickly, purposefully, and with a deep sense of synchronicity. The concept behind the music is to create while listening intently to each other, and to provide a safe musical space where... (Read More)

Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley

Cannonball Adderley is considered to be one of the all-time greatest jazz musicians; one whose playing projected depth and command. But, he also possessed the rare ability to connect and uplift the listener, shouting out "joy" in every phrase. For... (Read More)


The compositional atmosphere flutist Jamie Baum has created on Bridges is a mystifying thing. For her fourth album with the septet that appears here, her sixth overall as a leader, Baum investigates commonalities in the seemingly disparate musical... (Read More)