Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The newest Downbeat Magazine has some interesting articles about two of my favorite musicians. Bill Frisell's trio with Kenny Wollesen and Tony Scherr get the cover story, where Ted Panken spends time with the group at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. Multi-instrumentalist and composer William Parker is interviewed about the many projects he is involved in. There are also a number of reviews and news items as well. The quality of Downbeat seems to wax and wane, but this was a strong issue.

Also strong this month was the British publication Jazzwise, which featured a remembrance of Swedish pianist Esbjorn Svensson, and an article tracing the influence of bossa-nova in jazz along with a large review section.

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