DownBeat Editors Picks October 2020


As much as any other contemporary bandleader, James Brandon Lewis devises thematic ideas for each of his albums. The saxophonist, who’s released as much music in the past few years as others typically do in a decade, recently has gone in on ... (Read More)

How the River Ganges Flows: Sublime Masterpieces of Indian Violin, 1933-1952

Any project that archivist Christopher C. King works on is bound to arrive with some backstory as interesting as the Ganges River is long. For How The River Ganges Flows: Sublime Masterpieces Of Indian Violin (1933–1952), released o... (Read More)

Live at Rosa's

The Chicago blues scene is so packed with talent that it’s not difficult to assemble a gifted ensemble flexible enough to mesh with a bandleader’s aesthetic. A case in point is Live At Rosa’s, Linsey Alexander’s fo... (Read More)

Beautiful and Strange

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Chelsea Williams is a keen observer of the human condition, and perhaps her years busking on the streets of Santa Monica helped hone that aspect of her personality—along with the ability to craft catchy me... (Read More)