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There is a laudable tradition in the Jewish faith. The deceased are each buried in the same plain wooden box, no metal or ornamentation to delay their return to the earth or to distinguish them in the eyes of their maker according to wealth or position. It is that which inspires this issue, which we have called Those Gone Silent (pgs. 6-11). 18 jazz musicians from around the world were victims of COVID-19, a microscopic entity with a terrifyingly macroscopic impact. Some of these musicians were legends while others may have existed on the fringes. There were those that were prolific and those whose careers were truncated by the vagaries often accompanying a life in the arts. There were banjo, bass, guitar, keyboards, piano, production, saxophone, trombone and trumpet across as many sub-genres of jazz. What they all have in common is this tragic ending. So we memorialize them fully and equally, each written about by a friend, collaborator or even family member. The black cover of this issue is reflective of our grief for these losses.

With no concerts being presented in New York for the foreseeable future, many musicians have gone online to stream solo performances or, if they are lucky enough to live with a fellow musician, duets. To celebrate this adaptation in the time of crisis, we devote a section of CD Reviews (pgs. 16-19) to solo and duo recordings.

And we present a special feature, "The Shape of Jazz to Come" (pg. 3), named for the Ornette Coleman album, wherein we spoke with club owners from across the city and across the spectrum about their efforts, concerns and hopes for their individual reopenings and audience engagement when the time comes that the city and its artistic communities come out of isolation.


By Kurt Gottschalk

Nobody knows quite what the city will look like once the New York PAUSE order is lifted and nobody knows what the months and years following will bring. One thing that seems all but certain, however, is that New Yorkers are in for a period of sad discoveries. Along with the losses of life and livelihood, favorite restaurants, cafés and bars, clubs and venues, bookstores and record stores are sure to be gone, having disappeared with neither fanfare nor farewell.


Bootsie Barnes by Odean Pope
Eddy Davis by Scott Robinson
Manu Dibango by Bill Laswell
Henry Grimes by Marc Ribot
Olle Holmqvist by Per-Åke Holmlander
David Horowitz by Herb Bushler
Lee Konitz by Dan Tepfer
Alex Layne by Albert Vollmer
Giuseppi Logan by Matt Lavelle
Mike Longo by Jimmy Owens
Pat Longo by Kim Richmond
Ellis Marsalis by Jason Marsalis
Jacques Pellen by Marcello Pellitteri
Marcelo Peralta by Guillermo Bazzola
Bucky Pizzarelli by Ken Peplowski
Freddy Rodriguez, Sr. by Andrew Hudson
Wallace Roney by Don Sickler
Hal Willner by Steven Bernstein

CD Reviews

  1. Lee KonitzOld Songs New Sunnyside
  2. Wallace RoneyBlue Dawn HighNote
  3. Geri AllenSome Aspects of Water Storyville
  4. Bo LindenstrandLive PB7
  5. Ingrid Laubrock/Aki TakaseKasumi Intakt
  6. Anaïs MavielIn The Garden Gold Bolus
  7. Bobby NaughtonSolo OTIC
  8. Silke Eberhard/Maike HilbigMatsch und Schnee Trouble in the East
  9. Matthew ShippThe Piano Equation TAO Forms
  10. Denman Maroneysolo@70 s/r
  11. Howard RileyMore Listening, More Hearing SLAM Productions
  12. Mats GustafssonPadova Solo Catalytic-Sound
  13. Luca T. MaiHeavenly Guide Trost
  14. Tony OxleyBeaming Confront
  15. Lisen Rylander LöveOcean Hoob
  16. Felice ClementeSolo Crocevia Di Suoni
  17. Nicole JohänntgenSolo Selmabird
  18. Matthew Shipp/Nate WooleyWhat If? RogueArt
  19. Elliott Sharp/Frances-Marie UittiPeregrinations zOaR
  20. Brenda Earle StokesSolo Sessions, Volume 1 s/r
  21. Claudia Solal/Benoît DelbecqHopetown RogueArt
  22. Sascha Ley/Laurent PayfertIt's Alright To Be Everywhere Jazzhaus Musik-Yela
  23. Jay Clayton/Jerry GranelliAlone Together Sunnyside
  24. Mike Nock/Ra Kalam Bob MosesElectric Organic Symphony Ra-Kalam
  25. Julie Sassoon/Willi KellersWaves Jazzwerkstatt
  26. Thollem McDonas/Brian ChaseDub Narcotic Session New Atlantis
  27. Dom MinasiRemembering Cecil Unseen Rain
  28. Fred FrithWoodwork Klang Gallerie
  29. Orhan DemirFreedom in Jazz Hittite
  30. Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad/Kent Carter/John StevensBlue Cat NoBusiness
  31. Per MathisenSounds of 3 (Edition 2) Losen
  32. Mark Wingfield/Gary HusbandTor & Vale MoonJune
  33. Gary Husband/Markus ReuterMusic Of Our Times Moonjune
  34. ICP Ten TetTetterettet ICP-Corbett vs. Dempsey
  35. Dudu PukwanaYi Yole ICP-Corbett vs. Dempsey
  36. Daniel Carter/Julian Priester/Adam Lane/Reggie Sylvester/David HaneyLive Constructions, Volume Two SLAM Productions
  37. David HaneyBirth of a City Big Round
  38. Michel CamiloEssence Resilience Music Alliance
  39. Taylor Ho BynumThe Ambiguity Manifesto Firehouse 12
  40. Tomeka ReidOld New Cuneiform
  41. Schapiro 17New Shoes: Kind of Blue at 60 Summit
  42. Jazz at Lincoln Center OrchestraBlack, Brown & Beige Blue Engine
  43. Jazz at Lincoln Center OrchestraSherman Irby's Inferno Blue Engine
  44. Jazz at Lincoln Center OrchestraThe Music of Wayne Shorter Blue Engine
  45. John BaileyCan You Imagine? Freedom Road
  46. GRIDDecomposing Force NNA Tapes
  47. Jon BatisteAnatomy of Angels (Live at the Village Vanguard) Verve
  48. Illegal CrownsThe No-Nosed Puppet RogueArt
  49. Stephen RileyFriday The 13th SteepleChase
  50. Bushman's RevengeEt hån mot overklassen Hubro
  51. Susannah BGirl Gone Wilder!: Susannah B Sings Alec Wilder s/r
  52. Alvin Schwaar/Banz Oester/Noé FrankléTravellin' Light Leo
  53. Elephant9Psychedelic Backfire I Rune Grammofon
  54. Elephant9Psychedelic Backfire II Rune Grammofon
  55. Aruán OrtizInside Rhythmic Falls Intakt
  56. Gebhard Ullmann/Hans Lüdemann/Oliver Potratz/Eric SchaefermikroPULS Intuition
  57. Liberty EllmanLast Desert Pi
  58. Lisa MezzacappaCosmicomics Queen Bee
  59. Paolo BachettaThe Storytellers Auand
  60. W. Allen TaylorStoryteller s/r
  61. Ellery Eskelin/Christian Weber/Michael GrienerThe Pearls Intakt
  62. Borah Bergman/Wilber Morris/Sunny MurrayMonks Somerealmusic
  63. Ken VandermarkMomentum 4 (Consequent Duos: 2015>2019) Audiographic

...and Plenty More!

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All the best,
Andrey and Laurence