Courtney Pine - Bechet & Beyond

After putting together a new version of the Jazz Warriors last year Courtney Pine changes tack for his new project, an album made in homage to the early saxophone pioneer Sidney Bechet. Pine takes time in the album to also examine what traditions in jazz mean to him and makes the connection beyond Bechet to Joe Harriott in the 1960s. Selwyn Harris talks to Courtney, recently awarded with a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List, about the impact of Bechet’s playing on him and how we can all learn a thing of two from the master Courtney Pine and I are getting the bad news out of the way first.

Joshua Redman - New Bearings

There are a few surprises in store for long term fans of Joshua Redman. A looser, freer feel, a “double trio” and the sense that, as the title Compasssuggests, Redman has found a new direction. Andy Robson catches up with Redman in the wake of Barack Obama’s election victory and a period of change in Redman’s own life with the birth of his son.

Miles Davis - Forever Blue

2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the recording of an album frequently cited as the greatest jazz album of all time, Kind of Blue. To mark the anniversary a special anniversary box set has been released and in keeping with the importance of the album in this special feature Stuart Nicholson tells the story of the album, detailing a tale of surprising confusion along the way which affected the titling of two of the songs on the album ‘All Blues’ and ‘Flamenco Sketches’ and curiously involving the doctoring of pianist Bill Evans’ liner notes and the issuing of a version of the recording at a faulty higher pitch which was later corrected. Kind of Blue was an album that no one forgets listening to for the first time and Charlie Watts, Guy Barker, Miles’ nephew Vince Wilburn and Courtney Pine, along with many others, describe their reactions to hearing the great album for the first time and the impact it had on them

Julian Arguelles – Inside Out

The youngest member of the influential Loose Tubes big band back in the 1980s, saxophonist Julian Arguelles went on to record a series of critically-acclaimed albums before, unaccountably, falling out of the limelight. But that’s set to change with a new multitracked solo album, Inner Voices, about to come out and plenty of hard touring in 2009. Interview: Selwyn Harris

Chris McGregor - Cry Freedom

As a new boxed set tracing the work of the pioneering South African jazz group the Blue Notes is released, Duncan Heining charts the genesis of the distinctive group and the charismatic figure of Chris McGregor from early days in apartheid-era South Africa to exile in Europe and the subsequent development of Brotherhood of Breath and other offshoot groups

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