DownBeat Editors' Picks - May 2019

Everybody Gets the Blues

Whenever problems arise, it's always helpful to remember that we're not alone. On his new album, Everybody Gets the Blues, pianist Eric Reed draws strength from his mentors and heroes, the celebrated and the unsung, in order to face down ... (Read More)

Bolden (Original Soundtrack)

For the original soundtrack of Bolden, in theaters this spring, nine-time GRAMMY Award winner Wynton Marsalis faced a nearly impossible task: bring fellow trumpeter and New Orleanian Buddy Bolden, widely considered one of the fathers of j... (Read More)


Trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Uri Caine continue their long-time musical association with a new album featuring master drummer Andrew Cyrille. The sequel to the 2014 Douglas / Caine album Present Joys that centered on renditions of Sacred Har... (Read More)


The mighty upsetter returns with 9 brand new tracks recorded with longtime friend and collaborator Adrian Sherwood at the controls!This new set is the culmination of over two years work and recording sessions that span Jamaica, Brazil and the UK. ... (Read More)

Waves of Calm

If you trace the path of alto saxophonist Jim Snidero's varied output for Savant, you'll note transitions with regard to instrumentation and personnel: from organ combo to quartets with guitar or piano, to the animated quintet music of tributes to... (Read More)


Reflections is a personal retrospective of Grammy-nominated artist Anoushka Shankar's favorite tracks, with hits from previous albums such as Land of Gold, Traces of You, and Rise, presented in a new selection curated by Shankar herself. ... (Read More)

Ninety Degrees Gravity

Trish Clowes' latest album is inspired by the idea of a universal language and the images in Denis Villeneuve's acclaimed sci-fi film 'Arrival'. The title is drawn from the scene in the film where the main characters enter the alien pod for the fi... (Read More)