Denys Baptiste - The Sound of Gravity

From his prodigious debut, Be Who You Are, which garnered a Mercury Prize nomination in 1999, saxophonist Denys Baptiste has always set a high watermark for his work. Yet for his latest long-player he's taken on the intimidating legacy of John Coltrane's most challenging period and produced what promises to be his finest album to date, Late Trane. Ahead of his performance at Cheltenham Jazz Festival in May, the Londoner spoke to Kevin Le Gendre about the impact of Saint John's abstract period and deep collaborations on the album, which include an energised guest spot from enigmatic British saxophonist Steve Williamson

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The Necks – Mantric Masters

Since their formation 30 years ago, Australian trio The Necks have forged a mighty reputation for eclectic and decidedly epic improvisation. Ahead of a UK tour and headlining performance at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Nick Hasted spoke to the group's double-bassist Lloyd Swanton about The Necks' unique mode of music-making and how the rest of the world has finally caught up with their singular approach to audio hypnosis

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Quercus - Twilight Travelers

The acclaimed jazz-folk supergroup of June Tabor, Iain Ballamy and Huw Warren, aka Quercus, make a welcome return with their sophomore suite on the ECM label, Nightfall. Selwyn Harris spoke to the group about the album's poetic inspirations of Edward Thomas and Robert Burns and Quercus' interests in a true national pride devoid of the prejudice spouted by fear-mongering forces of the far right

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John McLaughlin – The Road Back to Ronnie’s

From his humble beginnings discovering the blues as a teenager in post-war Doncaster, guitarist John McLaughlin was soon at the very heart of the international jazz scene thanks to his timely late 1960s stint in the house band at Ronnie Scott's jazz club. Playing with forward-looking UK musicians, as well as jamming with the likes of Jack DeJohnette (who later recommended him to Tony Williams), he was serendipitously discovered by Miles Davis and his subsequent move to the US saw his career rocket into the stratosphere. As he prepares for his 'farewell' tour of the US later this year, once more playing incendiary Mahavishnu material, he also makes a welcome return to his "old stomping ground" for a two-date stint at Ronnie's as part of Jazzwise's 20th Anniversary celebrations. Stuart Nicholson discovers how deep the musical ley lines run in the guitar great's groundbreaking career and how Scott and his club were powerful agents for musical change between Britain and America

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Binker & Moses - Twin Peaks

The debut long-player, Dem Ones, from young-gun sax and drums duo Binker & Moses, garnered the prodigious pair some serious critical heat. Their forthright improv-heavy, beat-fuelled approach has also resonated with a youthful fanbase currently engaging with jazz. Kevin Le Gendre spoke to the award-wining Londoners and former Tomorrow's Warriors alumni about their ambitious double-album follow-up, Journey To The Mountain Of Forever, which features cameos from Evan Parker, Byron Wallen and tabla-player Sarathy Korwar

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