Brad Mehldau & Joshua Redman – Just the Two of Us

October-Cover-320The dynamic top-tier pairing of Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman are seeking to elevate the status of the piano and sax formation with their forthcoming collaboration on Nonesuch, Nearness. Ahead of their headline appearance at this year’s EFG London Jazz festival in November, Selwyn Harris spoke to them about their profitable partnerships and the relative paucity of high-profile precursors to their own designs on the duet

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Neil Cowley Trio – Lost In Space

October-Cover-320Pianist Neil Cowley and his trio of bassist Rex Horan and drummer Evan Jenkins go intergalactic with his new multi-media monolith Spacebond Apes. Andy Robson spoke to Cowley about this cosmic conception borne of crisis, the fortunes afforded by fiscal freedom and life after work with Adele

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Tigran Hamasyan, Arve Henriksen, Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang – Atmosphèric Conditions

Under the stewardship of ECM head honcho Manfred Eicher the starry quartet of Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang, Arve Henriksen and Tigran Hamasyan assembled to create the dazzling new double-album Atmosphères. Stuart Nicholson spoke to the quartet about the diffuse cultures which informed their work and the importance of a producer in guiding them during the recording process

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Tommy Smith – History in Symphony

Jazzwise-cover-cover-Sept16-300In a career spanning over three decades – from his days as an 18-year-old protégé of Chick Corea and Gary Burton, to his latter day omnivorous musical explorations of jazz-rock with Karma, Nordic post-bop with Arild Andersen and his directorship of exceptional large works with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra – Tommy Smith has always taken the musical high road. Yet, his latest album, Modern Jacobite, is his most ambitious to date as he joins forces with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and combines elements of jazz, symphony and folk melody. At its heart resides a present-day reading of a very Catholic campaign. Stuart Nicholson speaks to the Scottish saxophonist about how the current struggle for his home country’s sovereignty and the search for his own identity provided the themes for this epic sonic canvas

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Donny McCaslin – Dark Arts

Jazzwise-cover-cover-Sept16-300Following his key contributions to David Bowie’s epochal Blackstar, New York saxophonist Donny McCaslin launches his own long-player next month, Beyond Now, a barnstorming tribute to the musical and cultural icon and one cast in his influence. Selwyn Harris spoke to the reedsman about his experiences working alongside the great chameleon of rock and how Bowie’s questing, fearless spirit continues to impact upon, not just the work and life of McCaslin, but on a whole generation of energised US jazz musicians 

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