Ingrid Laubrock - Stolen Moments

Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock has within a short period of time become part of the progressive adventurous stream of jazz coming out of the London scene centred around the F-IRE Collective. With her new group she this month debuts new album Sleepthief in the company of forward-thinking American drummer Tom Rainey and pianist Liam Noble. Duncan Heining talks to Ingrid about her fast-developing career and how she sees the direction of her music in a rapidly changing musical landscape.

Esbjörn Svensson - Reminiscence of a soul

The tragic death of Esbjörn Svensson, at the age of just 44, in June robbed jazz of one of its most progressive and influential musicians. In just over a decade with EST he changed the face of the piano trio stretching and challenging the format and in turn directly influencing a whole new generation of jazz musicians. At the same time he introduced both a postmodern European sensibility to the band and the innovations and new sounds of rock and electronica channelled through the unique prism of Svensson’s improvisational ideas. Stuart Nicholson pays tribute to Esbjörn and looks back on a career studded with remarkable achievements.

Return To Forever - Blast from the past

A historic reunion this year has seen the coming together once again of one of the most seminal and influential jazz-rock bands of the 1970s, Return To Forever. Bringing the line-up of Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Al Di Meola and Lenny White together to tour has been a long time in the planning with the tour also coinciding with an anthology that cherry picks the best tracks from the line-up’s heyday in the 70s. Andy Robson hears from Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke about the band’s day in the sun and how everyone concerned has had to put past differences aside to make the comeback a reality once again.

Jef Neve - Soul power

Tipped as one of the new rising stars on the European jazz circuit Belgian pianist Jef Neve returns this month with a follow-up to his critically acclaimed trio outing from last year. On the new record, Soul in a Picture, he manages to mould jazz, rock and classical influences into a flexible improvising vehicle along with drummer Teun Verbruggen and bassist Piet Verbist. Stuart Nicholson talks to Neve about his inspirations, his classical and jazz influences, and how he manages to develop his own identity.

Dave Douglas - The Silver Silence

Trumpeter Dave Douglas has taken the film legacy of silent movie star Fatty Arbuckle whose career was ruined when he was accused, then later acquitted, of the rape of an aspiring actress at a party he threw at a San Francisco hotel in 1921, as the inspiration for his new live album Moonshine. The native New Yorker talks to Stuart Nicholson about the search for Fatty, the process of gaining inspiration to write for film and how he’s pushing recording industry boundaries by recording at a club and then releasing the music for download the next day.

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