Miles Davis

Interest in Miles Davis has never been greater and seems to increase as the years go by. This month, had he lived, would have seen his 80th year. Miles biographer George Cole investigates the possible directions Miles’ music would have taken him by talking to Jo Gelbard, Miles’ companion in the last years of his life, as well as a wide range of musicians who played with him over his final years including George Duke, Adam Holzman, Darryl Jones, Easy Mo Bee and Foley.

Martin Speake

With the ECM release of his new album, Change of Heart, altoist Martin Speake jumps categories from “man most likely” to “ascending star”. It’s one of those records that has the capacity to define a career. With a dream band of Paul Motian on drums, Bobo Stenson on piano and Mick Hutton on bass, it’s also the fruition of a long-term dream that began 14 years ago. Interview: Duncan Heining

Charles Lloyd

Charles Lloyd, one of the key 1960s jazz musicians who reached out to a new young generation immersed in rock and turned them on to jazz, has teamed up with master tabla player Zakir Hussain for a new album which managed to tap the essence of the blues while drawing on the great improvisational resources of Indian music. Lloyd and Hussain talk to Duncan Heining about their collaboration.

Paul Motian

The very antithesis of the power drummer, Paul Motian, revered for his work with Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett as well as his own prodigious work as a leader, turns 75 this year. Duncan Heining looks back with Motian over the highs and lows of his remarkable musical career.

Dave Douglas

Trumpeter Dave Douglas’ latest work Blue Latitudes is based on a book about Captain Cook’s pioneering expeditionary voyages in the eighteenth century. He is joined by bassist Mark Dresser, percussionist Susie Ibarra and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with the classical musicians charged by Douglas to partly improvise. Alyn Shipton catches up with Douglas, now releasing music under his own label, as he rehearses for the performances due this month

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