Dinosaur - Mood Indie Go

Back with their second album, Wonder Trail, Mercury-nominated quartet Dinosaur unveil a feistily expansive new sound embracing gritty jazz-rock, fuzzy funk and folk, all fuelled by an arsenal of analogue synths. Bandleader and trumpeter Laura Jurd spoke to Thomas Rees about exploring "sonic infinity", cultural cowardice and why the jazz world needs a shake up

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Mary Halvorson - Escape Artist

Over the past decade New York guitarist Mary Halvorson has followed her mentor Anthony Braxton on a voyage of eclectic discovery, her music taking in avant-jazz, hardcore improv and abstract rockist moves, while her latest project, Code Girl, sees her pursue her passion for skewed song-forms. Selwyn Harris caught up with Halvorson and spoke with her about her genre-busting sonic adventures,the current state of gender equality in jazz and music's positive power in our dark political times

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Martin Speake – Mothers Of Intention

One of the most consistently creative musicians of his generation, alto saxophonist Martin Speake has proved his longevity during a prolific three-decade career. First rising to prominence in the 1980s 'jazz boom' with the band Itchy Fingers, it's been the recent reigniting of his creative partnership with former Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson that's seem him record one of his strongest albums to date, Intention. Stuart Nicholson spoke to the altoist about the roots of this relationship and how a long career in jazz requires more than just a musical evolution

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Christian McBride – Wisdom Of The Elders

Since he first emerged in 1990, aged just 17, Christian McBride has always been an exuberant, virtuosic presence on upright and electric bass. One of the most recorded and respected musicians of his generation, the bassist and jazz educator's ambition to become a noted big-band arranger received a sudden kick-start after an out-of-the-blue commission from Wynton Marsalis. Speaking to Stuart Nicholson on the eve of his first ever European tour with his Big Band, which includes a much-anticipated stop-off at this year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival, McBride talks about his drive to arrange for extended ensembles and the vital role of mentorship in contemporary jazz education

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Van Morrison - Backseat Driver

Frustrated for years at being tagged as a rock singer, Van Morrison's new album with Hammond hero Joey DeFrancesco, You're Driving Me Crazy, finds him digging down deep into his jazz roots. Ahead of his headlining appearance at Cheltenham Jazz Festival this month he spoke to Nick Hasted about how, from his 1968 classic Astral Weeks, to long-term collaborations and brief encounters with Georgie Fame, Gregory Porter and Annie Ross, the jazz he first heard as a child in Belfast has always stayed with him

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