Anouar Brahem – Into The Blue

On Blue Maqams, his latest all-star ECM summit founded on traditional Middle-Eastern modes, Tunisian oudist Anouar Brahem has hooked-up with British pianist and recent Jazzwise cover star Django Bates, and again with his regular rhythm pairing of Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland. Kevin Le Gendre spoke to Brahem about his stellar quartet's simpatico strategies and how its members' disparate cultures led to the cultivation of a work defined by its collective virtuosity and the worldview visions of its leader

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Cécile McLorin Salvant – Paint It Black

Vocal sensation Cécile McLorin Salvant exudes a poise and maturity beyond her tender years – wrapping her virtuosity in a worldly-wise wit and wry, sometimes, dark humour. It's an approach that has seen her win the 2010 Thelonious Monk competition and take home Grammy Awards for 2016's For One To Love and 2014's WomanChild albums. Kevin Le Gendre spoke to her about how her painterly passions and the visceral live energy of the hallowed Village Vanguard, recordings from which feature on her much anticipated new double album Dreams And Daggers, help bring guile, grit and gravitas to her prescient take on vocal jazz

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Mammal Hands – Fierce Creatures

Part of a burgeoning brigade of dancefloor-friendly jazz troupers that includes both GoGo Penguin and The Comet Is Coming, East Anglian jazz animals Mammal Hands are crossing over to a younger more festivalfriendly audience with their intense combination of kinetic grooves and inspired improvisation. As the trio look set to widen their appeal with the release of their latest album, Shadow Work, Nick Hasted spoke with them about the cyclical secrets of their growing success

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Mark Guiliana – Acoustic Beat Machine

New Jersey drummer Mark Guiliana's dexterous beat inventions have made him one of the most influential drummers on the planet, ushering in a thrilling humanised vocabulary of beats that connect the deep jazz tradition with the cut-up loops of the computer music age. After a decade working as a star sideman with the likes of bassist Avishai Cohen and Phronesis, and as a cult-figure on the New York scene, his role as part of David Bowie's buccaneering Blackstar band saw him reach a whole new audience. Here he speaks to Selwyn Harris about how that experience and other electronically-enhanced explorations with the likes of Brad Mehldau have motivated his return towards his acoustic roots for his forthcoming Quartet's tribute to his home state

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Mike Stern – Beyond Breaking Point

Seriously hurt while hailing a taxi in New York last year, former Miles Davis guitarist Mike Stern broke both his shoulders in what could have been a career-ending injury. Now on the road to recovery, the indefatigable guitar icon has overcome the ongoing effects of nerve damage on his right hand and recorded an emphatically high-energy new album, the satirically-titled Trip, featuring Randy Brecker, Wallace Roney and Bill Evans among others. The axe hero spoke to Stuart Nicholson about his return to performing, which has already included guesting at Chick Corea's 75th birthday celebrations last year, and two upcoming dates at this year's London Jazz Festival

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