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Dave Douglas Creates a Magic Encounter on ‘Gifts’

Dave Douglas Creates a Magic Encounter on ‘Gifts’

Dave Douglas’ recent jazz work has been highlighted by projects that dare him to write new music for novel musical encounters. Gifts is a spectacular success.

Dave Douglas Extends His Superb 2022 String of Recordings

Dave Douglas Extends His Superb 2022 String of Recordings

Trumpeter Dave Douglas already had one of the best jazz albums of 2022. Now he has three of the best with the two volumes of Songs of Ascent.

JazzMatters: The Best New Jazz of Autumn 2022

JazzMatters: The Best New Jazz of Autumn 2022

PopMatters jazz critic Will Layman rounds up the best new jazz albums of recent vintage, including some thoughts about the US festival season and the undersung virtuoso Warren Wolf.

JazzMatters: Best New Jazz and Creative Music – May 2022

JazzMatters: Best New Jazz and Creative Music – May 2022

Critic Will Layman listens to jazz podcasts, muses on Charles Mingus, reads Jason Miles, and discusses the best new jazz recordings of May 2022.

JazzMatters: Best New Jazz and Creative Music – April 2022

JazzMatters: Best New Jazz and Creative Music – April 2022

Jazz critic Will Layman has been listening to classical piano and Afro-Cuban music in various forms. The best new jazz this month is also strong and extensive.

Jazz Trumpeter Dave Douglas Celebrates the ‘Ghent Altarpiece’ with ‘Secular Psalms’

Jazz Trumpeter Dave Douglas Celebrates the ‘Ghent Altarpiece’ with ‘Secular Psalms’

Jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas rings in the 600th year of Ghent Altarpiece with Secular Psalms and it’s as artful as all of his inventive music.

20 Jazz Albums You Might Have Missed in 2020

20 Jazz Albums You Might Have Missed in 2020

During the new-year season of best-of-the-year lists, I find myself looking backward—even at a year as difficult as 2020. Time was dilated—I thought I had too much of it but, as usual, there was too little for all the great music.

The 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2020

The 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2020

​Here are six of the key jazz trends of the last 20 years, defined by 20 of the best 2020 recordings that made us see, again, why this music is in midst of such a thrilling patch of creativity.

Dave Douglas Pays Tribute to Jazz Legend Dizzy Gillespie on ‘Dizzy Atmosphere’

Dave Douglas Pays Tribute to Jazz Legend Dizzy Gillespie on ‘Dizzy Atmosphere’

Jazz trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas has constructed a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie that gives his young band as much voice as possible, with two reinterpretations of Dizzy classics and seven originals.

Dave Douglas Shines with Uri Caine and Andrew Cyrille on ‘Devotion’

Dave Douglas Shines with Uri Caine and Andrew Cyrille on ‘Devotion’

Jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas reconvenes his duet project with pianist Uri Caine but adds master drummer Andrew Cyrille, creating a unique vehicle for three master musicians.

Dave Douglas Quintet’s ‘Brazen Heart: Live at Jazz Standard’ Sits Cozily Next to Miles Davis’ ‘Plugged Nickel’ Recordings

Dave Douglas Quintet’s ‘Brazen Heart: Live at Jazz Standard’ Sits Cozily Next to Miles Davis’ ‘Plugged Nickel’ Recordings

This is trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas' second quintet, playing its repertoire from memory in eight sets in four nights. Dazzling.

The Best Jazz of 2018

The Best Jazz of 2018

The definition of "jazz" has never been broader, and the music has never been brighter. Two PopMatters critics pick their favorites in four modern jazz categories.