Verneri Pohjola - Songs For My Father

Acclaimed Finnish trumpeter Verneri Pohjola is a rising star of the European jazz scene, and also the son of one of his homeland's most revered musicians, jazz-rock electric bassist and composer, Pekka Pohjola. Channelling his own conflicted feelings about his famous father's musical legacy by playing the music anew has resulted in his most powerful album to date. Selwyn Harris spoke to the trumpeter about the challenging emotional core that fuels this most personal of works

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Django Bates – Owner of a Lonely Heart

The 50th anniversary this month of The Beatles' game-changing concept album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has provided imaginative composer and multi-instrumentalist Django Bates with the motivation to deliver his own big band take on one of the Fab Four's most enduring works. Andy Robson spoke to the Loose Tubes kingpin about the deft interpretations which form Saluting Sgt. Pepper

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Gerry Mulligan – West Coast Cool

Gerry Mulligan, one of the giants of jazz's first century, would have been 90 this year. He left behind a legacy of epoch-defining recordings, notably The Birth of the Cool with Miles Davis, as well as a lifetime of pivotal encounters with luminaries such as Duke Ellington, Stan Getz and, most fruitfully, Chet Baker. Here in a series of revealing encounters with Roy Carr, the American composer, baritone saxophonist and arranger recalls key moments from his life as the pair crossed paths from 1957 right up to his final appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1988

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Andrew McCormack – Big Bang Theories

Dividing his time between NYC and Europe has enabled pianist-composer Andrew McCormack to hone his craft, find direction and a coterie of like-minded conspirators to work with. Selwyn Harris spoke to the Roehampton-born, ex-Tomorrow's Warrior about how his travels have fed into his latest long-player, Graviton, a fusion of minimalism, neo-soul and jazz rock that sees him depart radically from his previous acoustic piano trio sets and renew his focus on composition

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Jamie Saft – Pop Art

The career of long term John Zorn associate, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jamie Saft is notable for taking a series of musical zig-zags and sonic left turns. Stuart Nicholson caught up with Saft to discuss his latest album, Loneliness Road, that sees his New Standard Trio with Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte team up with original wild one Iggy Pop

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