Christian McBride – Wisdom Of The Elders

Since he first emerged in 1990, aged just 17, Christian McBride has always been an exuberant, virtuosic presence on upright and electric bass. One of the most recorded and respected musicians of his generation, the bassist and jazz educator's ambition to become a noted big-band arranger received a sudden kick-start after an out-of-the-blue commission from Wynton Marsalis. Speaking to Stuart Nicholson on the eve of his first ever European tour with his Big Band, which includes a much-anticipated stop-off at this year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival, McBride talks about his drive to arrange for extended ensembles and the vital role of mentorship in contemporary jazz education

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Van Morrison - Backseat Driver

Frustrated for years at being tagged as a rock singer, Van Morrison's new album with Hammond hero Joey DeFrancesco, You're Driving Me Crazy, finds him digging down deep into his jazz roots. Ahead of his headlining appearance at Cheltenham Jazz Festival this month he spoke to Nick Hasted about how, from his 1968 classic Astral Weeks, to long-term collaborations and brief encounters with Georgie Fame, Gregory Porter and Annie Ross, the jazz he first heard as a child in Belfast has always stayed with him

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ENEMY – The Enemies Within

Django Bates acolyte Petter Eldh and UK jazz luminaries Kit Downes and James Maddren are taking no prisoners with their debut release as ENEMY. Ahead of the trio's appearance at Cheltenham Jazz Festival this month, they spoke to Thomas Rees about their fearsome compositions, peppered with rhythmic riddles and extra-terrestrial sounds; the importance of pushing boundaries; and the threat of enemies, both real and imagined

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Peter Brötzmann – Machine Gun Etiquette

Peter Brötzmann's boisterous free-jazz assault Machine Gun was released on an unsuspecting world 50 years ago this month. Daniel Spicer outlines the sonic and political backdrop which birthed this brutal blast of protest music and gauges its influence on a whole new generation of mutinous minds

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Esperanza Spalding - In The Hot Seat

Esperanza Spalding has won both industry and critical acclaim for her wildly divergent work, notching up four Grammy Awards, most notably a 2011 Best New Artist Award that had the chutzpah to trounce pop idol Justin Bieber and folk-rockers Mumford & Sons. Yet, the bassist, singer and multi-instrumentalist has never sought an obvious or easy creative path, especially for her latest album, Exposure. Living up to its title, the writing and recording of the album was streamed live on Facebook, with the continuous three-day session clocking up 1.4 million views. She spoke with Kevin Le Gendre about how this brazen creative process pushed her performance skills and endurance to the edge

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