Down Beat focuses on contemporary music, and aims toward the serious player and listener. It contains interviews, record reviews, news, professions, new products, and profiles. Each issue is filled with the in depth interviews of today's musicians. Profiles of new talent are included, along with statistics on the top high school and college talent. Reader's will receive tips and how-to's from the professionals. Down Beat keeps you up to date on everyone and everything making it happen in music today.
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For current reviews of CD's and concerts as well as historical reviews of past releases Down beat cannot be beat. The articles are always interesting and the magazine blends the right mix of current and vintage musical information that makes every issue worth having. The Blindfold Test feature where some artist listens to a few recordings and tries to identify and offer commentary on the players is really cool. Especially when you can read what Charles Mingus has to say about other artists of his day as in the most recent issue. I look forward to every issue of Down Beat and recommend it to anyone who enjoys jazz.
The main bulk of Down Beat is reviews of albums that are coming out the jazz world. Quite easily, the best parts are the special sections, and interviews they have with artists.
Actually reading what the artists themselves have to say is very cool, especially to kids like me. :-)
Downbeat is what one should expect from a Jazz magazine
Ok, you can say that Downbeat reviews are neglectable for a top Jazz addicted reader.
Also forget those unnecessary annual reader's polls and reviewers' polls, another neglectable part of Downbeat historical existence.
Suppose I am a Jazz instrumentalist or singer and I claim desperately for success. Then suppose I buy some 50 Downbeat subscriptions and distribute them as a gift to 50 different people under the condition they vote for me in the reader's annual poll. Well the game's quite ready for my career to be launched under Downbeat's poll parameters. Be sure I would hit a wonderful position in the poll and Downbeat would...
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