Dwight Trible – The Spirit Within

The profile of Los Angeles jazz vocalist Dwight Trible has been in the ascendency for the last 15 years through his work with such greats as Charles Lloyd, Kenny Burrell, Pharoah Sanders and Kenny Garrett, along with a starring role on Kamasi Washington's all conquering triple album, The Epic. The latest step on his journey has seen him connect with a kindred spirit, Albion's very own astral ascender, trumpet-player Matthew Halsall. Stuart Nicholson speaks to the duo about their deeply spiritual song-suite, Inspirations, and assesses the album's standing in a wider renaissance of cosmic jazz

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Christian Scott – Truth, Vibes and Tribes

New Orleans-born trumpeter Christian Scott has emerged over the last decade as a leading figure in the vanguard of younger musicians bringing jazz to a wider audience. Drawing on his black Indian American heritage, Scott now delivers his latest long-player, Ruler Rebel, the first in a trilogy, which fizzes with jazz's 'new vernacular' of piercing melodies, electronica and complex beats. Ahead of his appearance at Love Supreme Jazz Festival this month Stuart Nicholson discovers the deeply emotional roots of Scott's highly politicised music and why he's fighting for personal and artistic freedom

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The Comet Is Coming – Interstellar Apocalypse

From the remotest galactic wildernesses blaze The Comet Is Coming, Shabaka Hutchings' flame-tailed multi-cultural-indebted crew. Nick Hasted spoke to the group about their dancefloor-oriented fusions of jazz, dub and high-intensity beat-boosting, as well as their thoughts on impending armageddon

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John Coltrane - Beyond The Holy Mountain

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of John Coltrane, one of the true musical giants of the 20th century whose monumental legacy casts a considerable shadow across jazz and out into the wider artistic world. With the recent release of his wife Alice's ashram recordings, The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, and his son Ravi's ongoing ascent to the upper echelons of contemporary jazz, Kevin Le Gendre examines how the iconic saxophonist's work continues to influence music, art and spirituality today

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Verneri Pohjola - Songs For My Father

Acclaimed Finnish trumpeter Verneri Pohjola is a rising star of the European jazz scene, and also the son of one of his homeland's most revered musicians, jazz-rock electric bassist and composer, Pekka Pohjola. Channelling his own conflicted feelings about his famous father's musical legacy by playing the music anew has resulted in his most powerful album to date. Selwyn Harris spoke to the trumpeter about the challenging emotional core that fuels this most personal of works

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