David Murray – Blues For Babylon

Fiery saxophonist David Murray has previously drawn on the bewitching and poignant prose of authors such as Ishmael Reed and Amiri Baraka in his music, but on his latest album, Blues For Memo, he's collaborated with hip-priest rapper-cum-poet Saul Williams. The project has taken on another dimension by way of Murray's connection to renowned Istanbul-based music venue Babylon, with the record dedicated to its late great impresario, Mehmet 'Memo' Uluğ. Daniel Spicer spoke with Murray about how all these disparate influences intersect on his impassioned, politically pertinent, new album

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Henry Lowther – Deep In The Heart Of Things

With the release of his Still Waters band's Can't Believe, Won't Believe, trumpeter Henry Lowther continues to mine an organically seamless and melodic mix of written and freer elements. Andy Robson caught up with the longstanding Leicestershire legend and spoke with him about the new record as well as Lowther's past associations with everyone from Tubby Hayes to Johnny Dankworth

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Val Wilmer – My Mother, Her Kitchen Table And Jazz

Renowned jazz writer and photographer Val Wilmer takes a look back to a golden time when quiet domesticity gave way to artistic ambitions, a period when her mother's south London home played host to a procession of great musically-minded names, from Charles Mingus and Memphis Slim to Anthony Braxton and Jesse Fuller

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Julian Siegel Quartet – Partisan Punk and Swing

Following a fertile 2017 which saw him take his ambitious big-band project out on the road, culminating in a performance at Ronnie Scott's for Jazzwise's 20th Anniversary celebrations, Julian Siegel returns with his propulsive Quartet and their second album, Vista, arguably the saxophonist's most accomplished studio set to date. Stuart Nicholson spoke with Siegel about his band's chemistry, the realisation of a childhood big-band dream and his unlikely dalliances with members of former anarcho-punkers Crass

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John Surman – Enduring Love

Maintaining a delicate balancing act poised between preservation of old relationships and investment in new projects, revered reedsman and composer John Surman remains a potent force for disparate sonic adventure. With the release of his latest album on ECM, Invisible Threads, he spoke to Selwyn Harris about the secrets of his successful relationship with Manfred Eicher's legendary label, keeping his long-standing collaborations fresh and the wisdom required when revisiting illustrious projects from the past

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