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Ornette Coleman helped pioneer the musical concept of "Time, No Changes". That phrase seems tragically apt these days as weeks and months blend together and the hope for a real return to normalcy seems distant and illusory.

But, for perspective, we think back to October 2016, four years/48 months/208 weeks/almost 1,500 days ago. At the time, a transformative presidential election was in its final stages but not how many thought it would transpire. Instead of a groundbreaking first female president and a hope for a continuation of progress, the United States regressed. Think of all that has happened in the time since that month...and shudder. The last four years have seen this country abandon its allies, abrogate its responsibilities and present a dark, apocalyptic image to the world. Truths once held to be self-evident, enshrined in our Declaration of Independence as protection against a tyrannical king and bought with the bloodshed of patriots, are now once more assailed by a despot, one who is being supported from within by a new generation of Royalists, now motivated by greed and personal benefit to be accrued by promoting divisiveness and fomenting hatred. And add to this a once-in-a-lifetime health crisis and change—almost exclusively for the worst—has been the feature of recent time. But there are those who have been fighting, whether from the beginning or drawn to the battle because of newly acquired awareness.

In a month, the most consequential presidential election of our time—and perhaps in our country's history—will take place. There is no luxury of apathy and inaction, for feeling like things cannot get any worse. They can and most certainly will if we do not remember the fathers and mothers of this country and vote to make America America again.


By Jordannah Elizabeth; photo by Manolo Rochera/Jeff Dunn, courtesy of the artist

Regina Carter's music has taken her all over the world but Carter, as of late, has taken on a duty and responsibility to use the platform she has earned from the fruits of her hard work and philanthropy to inspire people to engage with one another and their communities in America in a way that promotes unity. Her new album, Swing States: Harmony in the Battleground (Tiger Turn Productions-eOne) has a very specific purpose: to encourage as many people as possible to vote.


By Marilyn Lester; photo by Antonio Porcar

Gary Smulyan, one of the premier masters of the baritone saxophone in the world of jazz today, has not only been a leader, but also has worked with a host of legendary musicians in a career spanning decades, including membership in the Woody Herman Orchestra, Charli Persip Superband, Mingus Big Band, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Joe Lovano Nonet and Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra/Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. His close collaboration with arranger Mark Masters, begun around 20 years ago, has produced a catalogue of excellence in music, the latest being the just-released Night Talk: The Alec Wilder Songbook featuring Gary Smulyan (Capri), transformations of nine tracks of Wilder's songbook staples into lushly creative jazz standards. In this interview, we ask him about that process, working with Masters, his relationship with the baritone saxophone and more.

Artist Feature: JOSH SINTON

By John Sharpe; photo by Johannes Worsoe Berg

Brooklyn-based baritone saxophonist and bass clarinetist Josh Sinton is a man who thinks deeply about what he does and follows his own path. That's as evident in talking to him as it is in listening to the adventurous music that is the result.


By Kurt Gottschalk

It's hard to say which is more noteworthy, that last year Chicago saxophonist Mwata Bowden put out a remarkable record of innovative and eminently listenable jazz compositions that went almost entirely unnoticed or, that at 71, it was his debut as a leader.


By Alex Henderson

As a sideman for trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, pianist Kenny Kirkland played a role in the straightahead bop revival of the '80s. But he was an eclectic, versatile musician also remembered for his work in fusion groups to his years backing pop-rock superstar Sting.

Record Label Spotlight: TIDAL WAVES MUSIC

By George Grella

One of the newer labels is Tidal Wave, based in Belgium. It launched in October 2016 and produces archival releases, bringing forth recordings never before released (some not initially recorded for release) and reviving albums and musicians who have been lost to time. And, unusual for the current moment, Tidal Wave does not release music digitally. It's something you can hold in your hands or nothing at all.

CD Reviews

(this month's performance venues in parentheses):

  1. Noah HaiduDoctone Sunnyside (Brooklyn Conservatory of Music)
  2. Dayna StephensRight Now (Live at the Village Vanguard) Contagious Music (VIllage Vanguard)
  3. Andreas Schulz/Paul EngelmannBroome (Jazz Edit) One Music Productions (MONDO NYC)
  4. Andreas Schulz/Paul EngelmannBroome (Saxophone Edit) One Music Productions (MONDO NYC)
  5. Aaron ParksLittle Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man Ropeadope (VIllage Vanguard)
  6. Rajiv JayaweeraPistils Earshift Music
  7. Tom GuarnaSpirit Science Destiny
  8. Daniel Hersog Jazz OrchestraNight Devoid of Stars (featuring Noah Preminger & Frank Carlberg) Cellar Music
  9. Louis ArmstrongLive in Europe Dot Time
  10. Etuk UbongAfrica Today Night Dreamer
  11. Tony Allen/Hugh MasekelaRejoice World Circuit
  12. Jacob Young/David Rothenberg/Sidiki CamaraThey Say Humans Exist Oslo Session
  13. Charlotte Greve/Vinnie Sperrazza/Chris TordiniThe Choir Invisible Intakt
  14. Champian FultonBirdsong s/r
  15. Ray BlueWork Jazzheads
  16. Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersJust Coolin' Blue Note
  17. Bob JamesOnce Upon A Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions Resonance
  18. David GilmoreFrom Here to Here Criss Cross
  19. Eddie HendersonShuffle and Deal Smoke Sessions
  20. Eddie DanielsNight Kisses (A Tribute to Ivan Lins) Resonance
  21. Mark HeliasRoof Rights Radio Legs
  22. Mark HeliasAvailable Light Radio Legs
  23. Open LooseStrange Unison Radio Legs
  24. Mats GustafssonWorn. Kissed. Underflow
  25. David Grubbs/Mats Gustafsson/Rob MazurekLive at The Underflow Record Store and Art Gallery Underflow
  26. Merzbow/Mats Gustafsson/Balázs PándiCuts Open RareNoise
  27. Kurt RosenwinkelAngels Around Heartcore
  28. Peggy LeeThe Capitol Transcriptions (1946-1949) Capitol-UMe
  29. Barre PhillipsThirty years in between Victo
  30. Alain Jean-MarieThe Complete Alain Jean-Marie Biguine Reflections Fremeaux & Associes
  31. New StoriesSpeakin' Out Origin
  32. Dusko GoykovichSketches of Yugoslavia Enja
  33. John ScofieldSwallow Tales ECM
  34. Peter Brötzmann/Fred Lonberg-HolmMemories of a Tunicate Relative Pitch
  35. BallisterZnachki Stilyag Aerophonic
  36. Stirrup + 6The Avondale Addition Cuneiform
  37. Yvonnick PrenéNew York Moments SteepleChase
  38. Jay Clayton/Fritz Pauer/Ed Neumeister3 For The Road MeisteroMusic
  39. Django BatesTenacity (with Norbotten Big Band) Lost Marble
  40. Luke StewartExposure Quintet Astral Spirits (Roulette)
  41. Alan WakemanThe Octet Broadcasts (1969 and 1979) Gearbox
  42. London Jazz Composers OrchestraThat Time Not Two
  43. Max NaglMoped Jazzwerkstatt
  44. Monty AlexanderWareika Hill (Rastaman Vibrations) s/r
  45. Theodross AveryHarlem Stories: The Music of Thelonious Monk WJ3
  46. DSCMonktime JazzAvenue1
  47. Paul DesmondThe Complete 1975 Toronto Recordings Mosaic

...and Plenty More!

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Andrey and Laurence