DownBeat Editors' Picks - October 2018

Spacesuit

Beginning in the ’90s, when keyboardist Robert Walter started performing with the Greyboy All-Stars, the point of it all seemed to be recreating rare-groove moments and paying tribute to folks like Fred Wesley, who appeared on the troupe&rsq... (Read More)

Voodoo Woman

On the blues album VooDoo Woman, the band is a powder keg, the singer is a blowtorch, and the artistry is positively explosive.  Canadian vocalist Crystal Shawanda opens this program of mostly blues classics with a medley of &ld... (Read More)

Down a Rabbit Hole

Composer and arranger Ayn Inserto enlisted three superb soloists for Down A Rabbit Hole, the first album in 10 years from her namesake orchestra. Trumpeter Sean Jones, tenor saxophonist George Garzone and trombonist John Fedchock add essential spi... (Read More)

In the Blue Light

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Over the course of his storied career, Paul Simon, 76, has explo... (Read More)

Change in the Air

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Trumpeter Cuong Vu likes the sound of guitar. Not just the tast... (Read More)

Miki

Even if the song titles weren’t playful, pianist Miki Yamanaka’s writing would radiate a unique buoyancy across her jubilant debut.  After contributing to Roxy Coss’ The Future Is Female earlier this year, Yamanaka has issue... (Read More)

Freebird

For its sophomore album, this young quartet took apart a bunch of Charlie Parker melodies and reassembled the pieces into something entirely different and considerably more modern. They took “Little Willie Leaps” and recorded it backwa... (Read More)

Konoyo

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Infusing instrumental, minimal and electronic music with meaning... (Read More)