Ian Shaw – Standing Up For Joy

001 cover March16 8Charismatic jazz voice, actor, activist and sometime stand-up comic, Ian Shaw’s flamboyantly vibrant approach to songcraft continues to reveal itself in myriad forms, unravelling a canon of variegated vocal colour. Andy Robson caught up with the Welsh polymath to discusses the disparate cohesion of latest album, The Theory of Joy, the impact of Mark Murphy on his muse and the ramifications of the refugee crisis as a critique of the human condition

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Tord Gustavsen – Spiritual Uninity

001 cover March16 8Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen returns with a new album, What Was Said, and trio featuring Afghan-German singer Simin Tander and fellow countryman Jarle Vespestad on drums. Exploring an alchemic blend of Sufi and Christian sacred hymns, Norwegian folk songs and seminal American Beat poetry, interwoven with subtle electronics and jazz improvisation, it’s Gustavsen’s most bewitchingly beautiful work to date. Stuart Nicholson spoke to the pianist about how all these disparate themes melt seamlessly together into a unifying spiritual sound

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Bill Frisell – Tales from the Far Side

001 cover March16 8Master guitarist Bill Frisell’s latest album, When You Wish Upon A Star, finds him continuing to refashion the emotions of his past by reimagining the music of cinematic classics such as Psycho and Once Upon a Time in the West, to deliciously bucolic effect. Selwyn Harris spoke to the Grammy-winner about the lifelines of memory and the latent power of Hollywood’s forgotten soundtrack heroes

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Mike Westbrook – All The World’s A Stage

Pianist, composer and orchestrator Mike Westbrook celebrates his 80th birthday this year by making a much-anticipated return to big band music with his latest album A Bigger Show. Andy Robson finds out why it took him so long to get back into the swing and why he regards the work of his latest extended ensemble, The Uncommon Orchestra, as among his finest ever

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GoGo Penguin – Letting Go

FEB2016coverManchester’s boundary pushing have come a piano trio GoGo Penguin have come a long way since their formation in 2012, nominated for a Mercury Prize for their second album v2.0 in 2014, and their third, Man Made Object, is released on Blue Note Records this February. Yet while they’re recruiting a youthful demographic of new jazz fans they continue to provoke questions from purists about the authenticity of their sound. Nick Hasted spoke to the band about this, how electronica icon Aphex Twin has influenced them and how embracing freedom is the only way to make music on today’s sonic battlefield

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