Jean Toussaint - Brotherly Love

The life of Jean Toussaint has taken him from his birthplace in the US Virgin Islands, to living in New York, studying at Berklee College of Music and being resident in Britain for the last 30 years. His membership of firebrand drummer Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers saw him undergo a baptism of fi re that took his playing to the next level. Channelling all these experiences into his new album, Brother Raymond, Alyn Shipton caught up with the saxophonist ahead of his UK tour, supporting a star-studded tribute to Blakey and the memory of his late brother

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Cuong Vu - The Dance Of Time

Coming to global attention as part of the Pat Metheny Group, trumpeter Cuong Vu stood out as a fiery leftfield stylist. Yet, his evolution as an equally compelling solo artist now sees him release Change In The
Air, his second album in close collaboration with outré guitar whiz Bill Frisell. Stuart Nicholson spoke to Vu about how a career epiphany pushed him towards captivating new creative avenues

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Eddie Harris - The Ghost of Electricity

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the release of tenor-saxophonist Eddie Harris' boundarybreaking Silver Cycles album. This somewhat overlooked, but space-age cocktail of spiritual jazz, avant-garde and ethereal voices, along with Harris' innovative use of analogue electronic effects, now chimes widely with today's new jazz generation. Acclaimed poet, lyricist and musician Pete Brown, who met Harris on a number of occasions, takes a personal look back at his life and work, revealing the saxophonist's deadpan sense of humour alongside a catalogue ripe for reinvestigation

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Charles Lloyd - In Full Bloom

As one of the few remaining living legends of jazz, saxophonist Charles Lloyd is still exploring the musical continuum that he began in the 1960s, where genres melt away and his sound and soul reach out beyond musical borders. Celebrating his 80th birthday earlier this year, he's just released his second album from his guitar-led group The Marvels with Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz's string-augmented atmospherics to the fore, plus, this time around, singer Lucinda Williams giving voice to Lloyd's melodies. Stuart Nicholson spoke to the saxophonist about the deep country and blues roots at the heart of his music and his numerous and surprising encounters with Elvis and The Beach Boys

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Roller Trio - Electric Dreamers

Leeds-based sax-guitar-drums outfit Roller Trio were thrust prematurely into the media glare with their eponymous debut album's 2012 Mercury nomination less than a year after their inception. Now on the eve of their third full-length release, New Devices on Edition, Selwyn Harris shoots the breeze with the Rollers about their new electronica-inflamed line-up with new recruit, ex-TrioVD underground axe legend Chris Sharkey, Leeds happenings and the double-edged sword of an all-encompassing technological age

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