John Coltrane - The Lost Album

The unexpected news of the existence of an unreleased John Coltrane studio session, now issued as Both Directions at Once – The Lost Album, is sure to get the jazz world's pulse racing. Featuring the classic line-up of Trane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones, Stuart Nicholson assesses the importance of its place in the iconic saxophonist's relentlessly creative canon on the Impulse! label

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Jeff Williams – Renaissance Man

US-born drummer and teacher Jeff Williams has just released his latest long-player, the propulsive Lifelike, with a stellar band brimming with prime UK players, including Kit Downes and Josh Arcoleo. Here he speaks to Selwyn Harris about the new record, his career beginnings with Dave Liebman and Stan Getz, as well as a memorable encounter with Miles Davis

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Windrush: A Story of Generations and a Musical Legacy

When the MV Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury in June 1948, more than 30 singers, musicians and entertainers were on board. Val Wilmer tells how they joined forces with settlers of an earlier vintage, and inspired a new generation

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Kamasi Washington - Not Of This Earth

Following his critically acclaimed triple-album, 2015's The Epic, LA saxophonist Kamasi Washington has circumnavigated the globe with a seemingly endless series of concerts that have cemented his reputation as the go-to spiritual jazz beacon for a younger generation of devotees. Now he's back with a fresh double-album, Heaven And Earth, a record that further mines the flamboyant choral and string flourishes of its predecessor. Kevin Le Gendre discovers how the West Coast warrior has managed to keep his feet on the ground while still looking to the stars

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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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