Omar Puente – Fiddler On The Hoof

Dazzling Cuban expat violinist Omar Puente takes sizeably progressive steps on his latest eclectic longplayer, Best Foot Forward, an album dedicated to the memory of his late wife, Debbie Purdy, who continues to inspire and influence his work. Puente spoke with Kevin Le Gendre about spanning the distance between populism and abstraction while maintaining his identity amid a collision of global cultures

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Kamasi Washington – Golden Age of the Get Down

Jazzwise-July-2016-cover350Kamasi Washington’s audaciously ambitious triple-album The Epic was arguably the jazz event of last year, a launching pad for a continually ascending career trajectory that’s seen him win awards aplenty, wow audiences around the globe and even land a landmark gig at the BBC Proms this August. Ahead of his UK appearances at Glastonbury and Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Kevin Le Gendre spoke to the saxophonist and bandleader about family, fraternity and musical formulas on the way to unveiling the backstory behind the sensation

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The Impossible Gentlemen - Mission Impossible

Jazzwise-July-2016-cover350Transatlantic troupe The Impossible Gentlemen return with their latest long-player, Let’s Get Deluxe, a stellar suite of forward-thinking contemporary jazz. Selwyn Harris spoke to the band’s co-leaders, pianist Gwilym Simcock and guitarist Mike Walker, about the infl uences and humour which fed into the album’s creation

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Jasper Høiby - Wild Thing

Jazzwise-July-2016-cover350Jasper Høiby’s Fellow Creatures, featuring horn-section stars Laura Jurd and Mark Lockheart, finds the Danish bassist pushing beyond the tightly-wound trio parameters of his work with Phronesis and into the realms of extended ensemble barrier-busting as heard on their newly released eponymous album. Stuart Nicholson digs his claws into the critter and discovers why Høiby is kicking against today’s consumer-culture, opting for the slow burn over the quick fix

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Nikki Yeoh – Twin Passions

A brave choice, a musical epiphany and a near tragedy were the critical factors in the musical life of pianist and composer Nikki Yeoh. Taking lessons from Chucho Valdes early on, and known for her work with Courtney Pine, The Roots and Neneh Cherry as well as the cream of British jazz, the birth of her son in 2004 changed her life and career in a dramatic way. Nick Hasted spoke to her about these seismic events and how they all filtered into the creation of her new solo piano album, Solo Gemini

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