Mammal Hands – Fierce Creatures

Part of a burgeoning brigade of dancefloor-friendly jazz troupers that includes both GoGo Penguin and The Comet Is Coming, East Anglian jazz animals Mammal Hands are crossing over to a younger more festivalfriendly audience with their intense combination of kinetic grooves and inspired improvisation. As the trio look set to widen their appeal with the release of their latest album, Shadow Work, Nick Hasted spoke with them about the cyclical secrets of their growing success

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Mark Guiliana – Acoustic Beat Machine

New Jersey drummer Mark Guiliana's dexterous beat inventions have made him one of the most influential drummers on the planet, ushering in a thrilling humanised vocabulary of beats that connect the deep jazz tradition with the cut-up loops of the computer music age. After a decade working as a star sideman with the likes of bassist Avishai Cohen and Phronesis, and as a cult-figure on the New York scene, his role as part of David Bowie's buccaneering Blackstar band saw him reach a whole new audience. Here he speaks to Selwyn Harris about how that experience and other electronically-enhanced explorations with the likes of Brad Mehldau have motivated his return towards his acoustic roots for his forthcoming Quartet's tribute to his home state

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Mike Stern – Beyond Breaking Point

Seriously hurt while hailing a taxi in New York last year, former Miles Davis guitarist Mike Stern broke both his shoulders in what could have been a career-ending injury. Now on the road to recovery, the indefatigable guitar icon has overcome the ongoing effects of nerve damage on his right hand and recorded an emphatically high-energy new album, the satirically-titled Trip, featuring Randy Brecker, Wallace Roney and Bill Evans among others. The axe hero spoke to Stuart Nicholson about his return to performing, which has already included guesting at Chick Corea's 75th birthday celebrations last year, and two upcoming dates at this year's London Jazz Festival

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Gareth Lockrane – Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels

Exceptional British flautist Gareth Lockrane has been pushing his instruments to ever greater heights as a fi rst-call session player, star sideman to a who's who of UK and international artists, and as a bandleader with his Grooveyard and Big Band projects. The latter unit's long-awaited power-packed debut, Fistfight at the Barndance, has just emerged on Whirlwind Recordings. Selwyn Harris found out from the Stafford-born, Royal Academy and NYJO alumnus about how his passion for cinema filtered into this tribute to Lockrane's jazz-loving father

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Zara McFarlane – Backyard Tales

When a research expedition for a developing theatre production took vocalist Zara McFarlane to Jamaica, the country of her ancestral origins, that island's native music took on ever greater significance in her soundworld. Kevin Le Gendre spoke to McFarlane about the importance of her West Indian heritage, the driving force behind the singer's latest collection, Arise, and her ongoing attempts to meld Jamaican and jazz cultures into a new, personalised, vision

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