Thursday, January 10, 2008

There is a lot of interesting stuff in the newest issue (February 2008) of Downbeat Magazine. Saxophonist Chris Potter is on the cover with a lengthy interview inside about the development of his sound and improvisational ideas. Ethan Iverson, pianist for The Bad Plus interviews bassist and composer Charlie Haden about his own musical conception as well as that of Ornette Coleman whom he has played with off and on throughout his career. There is a very interesting feature in this issue called "The Downbeat Digital Music Guide." This is the first time to my knowledge that they have made an examination of the digital music landscape for both downloading and streaming. The examine the pros and cons of a number of different sites in a very well done piece.

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