Yazz Ahmed – Sabotage and Surprise

Jazzwise-cover-cover-Sept16-300Trumpeter Yazz Ahmed’s work live and on record with progressive-minded post-rockers Radiohead and arty envelope-pushers These New Puritans have made a seismic impact on her current approach to making music, with its emphasis on organic loops, soundscaping and electronics. Selwyn Harris spoke to Ahmed about her role as the go-to horn player on the alternative rock scene and how the lessons learnt there have transferred over to her forthcoming album, provisionally-titled La Saboteuse, where Arabian rhythms from her Bahraini background fuse with her lucid vision of contemporary jazz

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Dhafer Youssef – The Bittersweetness of Being

Jazzwise-cover-cover-Sept16-300Tunisian Dhafer Youssef’s cultural cross-pollinating music and career rise up like models for harmonious living in an increasingly fraught and fractured world. With a rich, genre-straddling body of work behind him, Youssef’s latest and intriguingly-titled album, Diwan Of Beauty And Odd, is a meter-manipulating collection spanning Western and Islamic tropes and features some of New York’s fi nest jazz men in Aaron Parks, Ben Williams, Mark Guiliana and Ambrose Akinmusire. Kevin Le Gendre spoke to the oud player and vocalist about the daily duality of joy and pain and how they, along with seismic personal circumstances, have provided the underlying narrative for this powerful new work

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Branford Marsalis and Kurt Elling – Melody in Motion

JAZZWISE-COVER-AUGUST350Saxophonist Branford Marsalis’ Quartet has an illustrious 20-year history spanning a series of 15 powerful albums that have tackled everything from John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme in its entirety, to 2012’s scorching Four MFs Playin’ Tunes – always giving acoustic modern jazz a hefty kick up the behind. Yet working with a singer had never been on the Quartet’s cards – until now. Multi-Grammy Award winner Kurt Elling stepped up to the plate for what could be his fi nest vocal album to date, Upward Spiral, taming his velvety virtuosity to work within Marsalis’ fiercely intelligent vision of contemporary swing, ballads and blues. In a forthright interview Stuart Nicholson speaks to the album’s two principal protagonists about how they forged their musical partnership

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Zoe Rahman - Fascinating Rhythms

JAZZWISE-COVER-AUGUST350Multi-award winning pianist and composer Zoe Rahman has taken the solo route on her latest album, Dreamland, a personal journey of covers and rhythmically-charged originals. Marking a new creative chapter in a career that’s seen her work closely with Courtney Pine and her own Mercury Prize-nominated trio, Rahman spoke to Peter Quinn about the process of going it alone

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Elliot Galvin - Puppet Masters

JAZZWISE-COVER-AUGUST350One of the exciting new generation of jazz musicians to emerge from Trinity Laban musical conservatory, Londoner Elliot Galvin has delivered a right-hook to the guts of jazz purists with his latest macabre offering, Punch. Selwyn Harris took a couple to the midriff while discovering this precocious young pianist’s appetite for the dark side of theatre, jazz and twisted analogue sounds

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