Ahmad Jamal – Heart Of The City

Ahmad Jamal has always walked his own path, from precocious beginnings as a piano-playing three-year-old to his mastery of a bluesy minimalism, which indelibly influenced Miles Davis' 1950s modal period and also saw him release a string of classic trio recordings. Now, at the grand old age of 87, Jamal returns with his latest album, Marseille, a mesmerising and meditative songbook dedicated to the vibrant southern French port city. Alyn Shipton spoke to the legendary pianist about his highly influential career and discovers how the French multicultural hub inspired the veteran to compose this most lyrical of tribut

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Alexander Hawkins – Dance Architecture

Through extensive engagements playing alongside jazz legends such as Mulatu Astatke and Louis Moholo, British pianist Alexander Hawkins has emerged as one of the most exciting and original young musicians on the current European scene. His astonishing stylistic span encompasses jazz and improvisation, as well as classical minimalism, contemporary dance and opera, with effortless ease. Kevin Le Gendre spoke to Hawkins about his forthcoming retrospective double-album, Unit[e], as well as his exciting new vocal-led quartet project

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Liane Carroll – Romance And Redemption

One of the UK's leading jazz vocalists, Liane Carroll has always worn her heart on sleeve, often matching raw emotion with jaw-dropping technique. For her latest album, The Right To Love, she solicited song requests from her audience to select the tracklist, which has resulted in another powerfully personal set. Ahead of her forthcoming appearances at Glastonbury and Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, Peter Quinn spoke to Carroll about the selection process, growing older as an artist and her long-standing musical relationship with multi-Grammynominated producer James McMillan

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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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