Thelonious Monk – Mr Misterioso

This year marks the centenary of the birth of groundbreaking pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, an artist regarded by many as something of an outsider during his lifetime, but a man whose bold musical birthright now remains undeniable. With Monk's soundtrack recording for the French film Les Liaisons Dangereuses topping the Jazzwise Critics Poll, Brian Priestley took the opportunity to speak with Thelonious' son, drummer and bandleader T.S. Monk, to chart the legend's legacy and uncover the roots of his masterful musical innovations

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Jazz re:freshed - Engines of Creation

Jazz re:freshed has come a long way from the organisation's humble beginnings at its monthly residency in west London to this year setting the international music scene buzzing with a showcase of emerging UK jazz stars at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Celebrating its 15th anniversary of existence in 2018, this fecund focal point within the UK capital has spawned a record label, an acclaimed free festival on London's Southbank and a new generation of genre-hopping jazz artists. Kevin Le Gendre spoke to one its founders, promoter Justin McKenzie, about how their work with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Jason Yarde, Moses Boyd and Nubya Garcia is taking UK jazz out of its niche and beyond international borders

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Norma Winstone - Moving Pictures

In diverse contexts – from traditional balladry to experimental electronically-infused soundscapes Norma Winstone's voice remains an incredibly potent instrument, distinguished and distinctive. Here one of the jazz world's great vocalists speaks to Stuart Nicholson about her gradual transformation from interpreter of the Great American Songbook to quintessential English jazz singer. She discusses her unique approach to her forthcoming album for ECM, Descansado: Songs for Films (release mid-February 2018) – a suite exploring the movie music of composers such as Nino Rota, Michel Legrand and Ennio Morricone – and her revered recording debut on Joe Harriott & Amancio D'Silva Quartets Hum Dono

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World Peace Trio – Heat of the Moment

Indonesian pianist Dwiki Dharmawan has long been inspired by the culture of his volcano-dotted homeland of Java and its indigenous Gamelan music, as well as the hustle and bustle of the island's largest textile market. Stuart Nicholson spoke to him about how these infl uences helped forge his latest two long-players, Pasar Klewer and the recently Grammy-nominated World Peace Trio, both featuring the talents of Gilad Atzmon on clarinet, with the latter album recorded in sweltering heat in a shed-like studio

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Parisien/Peirani/Schaerer/Wollny - Extra-Terrestrial Communications

When the paths of four of Europe's brightest jazz talents – namely saxophonist Emile Parisien, accordionist Vincent Peirani, vocalist Andreas Schaerer and pianist Michael Wollny – crossed earlier this year for two swiftly convened concerts, little did they realise they'd create one of the most unusual supergroups of recent times. The concerts were recorded, with the quartet subsequently receiving huge acclaim for their breathtakingly fluid and near telepathic improvisations. Ahead of their headline appearance at the EFG London Jazz Festival, Stuart Nicholson spoke to three members of the group to discover how a short-term experiment sparked new levels of collective creativity

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