DownBeat Editors' Picks - October 2017

New Era

New Era is the ninth album by the Miami-based Negroni’s Trio, led by Puerto Rican pianist José Negroni and featuring his son, Nomar, on drums and Joshua Allen on bass. This is also the group’s most stylistically fluid disc to da... (Read More)

Blue Maqams

For his intriguing new quartet album, Blue Maqams, master oudist Anouar Brahem enlisted two fellow legends and a veteran player whose profile is on the rise. The lineup for this jazz-meets-world-music program includes bassist Dave Holland (with wh... (Read More)

Cerulean Canvas

From his post as lead alto saxophonist in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Sherman Irby has distinguished himself as an improviser of great artistry and wit. Drawing on the melodic language of Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Ornette Cole... (Read More)

Float Upstream

Drummer Tom Rainey is an artist fluent in the languages of both straightahead jazz and the avant-garde. Early albums found him providing cast-iron support to mainstream artists such as pianist Fred Hersch and vocalist Roseanna Vitro, while more re... (Read More)


The superb new release Homecoming is Vince Mendoza’s fifth album to date with the WDR Big Band of Cologne, Germany. This reunion of the Grammy-winning composer/arranger/conductor with one of Europe’s finest large jazz ensembles further... (Read More)