Snarky Puppy – Dog Eat Dog!

As possibly the biggest instrumental band on the planet right now, Snarky Puppy blazed a trail for many of today’s outward looking, forward-thinking jazz musicians. Yet, in spite of their game-changing approach to richly detailed groove music, the critics are still taking aim. Ahead of their headline show at this month’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Nick Hasted asked their outspoken bassist and bandleader, Michael League, why it can be tough at the top

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Tubby Hayes – Return Of The Little Giant

The reputation of Tubby Hayes as one of the world’s top tenor saxophonists of the 1950s and 1960s is set to be fully restored with the welcome release of Grits, Beans and Greens: The Lost Fontana Studio Sessions 1969. Stuart Nicholson navigates a recording originally envisaged as a new beginning for Hayes, which was committed to tape following one of the most turbulent periods in the musician’s life

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Kate Williams & Georgia Mancio – Homeward Bound

Pianist and composer Kate Williams talks to Peter Vacher about her group Four Plus Three and the ensemble’s recent collaborations with award-winning vocalist Georgia Mancio, which have resulted in their new co-led album, Finding Home

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Makaya McCraven – Universal Language

Chicagoan Makaya McCraven draws on his eclectic upbringing and collaborations with artists such as Jeff Parker and Shabaka Hutchings to fuel his inspired sonic tapestries. Here the drummer and composer speaks to Kevin Le Gendre about the impact of his parents and peers on his innovative and often exotic creations

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Yazz Ahmed - Urban Hymns

For adventurous trumpeter Yazz Ahmed music was the key to unlocking her identity as a half Bahraini, half English girl growing up in suburban South London. She’s since forged a sonically-distinctive style, shaped as much by her work with Radiohead and These New Puritans as her own eclectic instincts. Here she speaks with Andy Robson about investigating her ethnic roots to challenge the strictures of genre and her new work, Polyhymnia, inspired by the courage of extraordinary women

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