Keith Tippett and Matthew Bourne – Double Grand Stand

With British jazz once more in the spotlight it seems apt that the idiosyncratic forebears of the music should again be stepping into the limelight – none more so than two maverick virtuosos of the piano: Brit-jazz hero Keith Tippett and typhoon-force soloist Matthew Bourne. Tony Benjamin caught up with the pair – whose close personal connection is conveyed via their rarefied twingrand improvised keyboard flights – to discover how the duo’s shared deep appreciation of spontaneous invention led to a national tour

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Jaimie Branch – Flight Risks

Following hot on the heels of 2017’s critically acclaimed album Fly Or Die, New York-based trumpeter Jaimie Branch is riding high right now. A formidable instrumental stylist with stunning technique and a restless imagination, she’s rightly being hailed as a major new voice in avant-garde jazz. Daniel Spicer tracked her down during her residency at Cafe OTO for the London Jazz Festival in November to discuss song, sound and weird politic

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Mark Lockheart – Back To The Planet

Days On Earth, the latest album by saxophonist Mark Lockheart, documents the culmination of his experiences writing for expanded ensembles. Stuart Nicholson traces this journey from Lockheart’s formative adventures with The Scratch Band to his collaborations with composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and his latest works for 30-piece orchestra, with a starry constellation of British jazz luminaries

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Eric Dolphy – Conversations With The Unseen

With all the recent coverage of jazz in the mainstream media it seems that those casting a look back across its history have been neglectful of one of the music's key figures: the extraordinary multiinstrumentalist Eric Dolphy. His death, aged 36 on 29 June 1964, cut short a rare and highly original talent that, in less than four years, had seen him record a number of definitive jazz albums, not least his own singular Blue Note classic, Out to Lunch!. Drawing on the testimony of legends, such as John Coltrane and Charles Mingus, and with the forthcoming release of Musical Prophet – The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions on Resonance Records, Stuart Nicholson is optimistic for a redressing of the balance and a reassessment of Dolphy's unique contributions to jazz

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Steam Down – The Sermon Is Love

If 2018 has been the year jazz elbowed its way back into mainstream culture, then Steam Down, the south London night where Kamasi Washington comes to jam and the atmosphere is unrivalled, has become the new jazz gen's sweaty hotbed of invention. Thomas Rees meets the community of musicians, among them Nubya Garcia and Theon Cross, who get the dancefloor jumping, forging a unique connection with their audiences in the process

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