Donny McCaslin – Blow By Blow

With a reputation for high-octane tenor horn since the 1990s, the Californian-born Donny McCaslin's career rocketed to another level following his band's major contribution to the late David Bowie's 2016 swansong, Blackstar. McCaslin paid tribute with one of that year's most lauded contemporary jazz albums, Beyond Now, and following this, with an expanding fanbase, his new release Blow is almost entirely vocal-led, diving headfirst into the world of US indie art-rock. Selwyn Harris caught up with McCaslin on a rare sabbatical to talk about his current shuffle playlist, the new album's politically-charged lyrics and how Bowie taught him to reach the unreachable

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Gwyneth Herbert – Secret Stories

Gwyneth Herbert's 2004 major label debut, Bittersweet and Blue, had her pegged as a standards singer, but her career since has traversed a myriad of multi-dimensional projects across music, theatre and the written word. Her latest album and performance piece, Letters I Haven't Written, explores the lost art of letter writing, which, as Herbert tells Peter Quinn, envisions a soundworld where the personal anecdotes of audience members fuse with jazz improvisation

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Julia Joseph – Blood Brothers

Composer, bandleader and educator Julia Joseph is one of the hardest working musicians operating on this side of the pond. Andy Robson spoke to the pianist about his current activities, including his new orchestral work Carry That Sound and forthcoming philosophical-cum-motivational book Music of Initiative

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Nicole Mitchell - Black Earth & Monsoon Blues

Over the last decade Nicole Mitchell has proved herself a progressive force to be reckoned with, recording a slew of albums where quality matches quantity. Her Mandorla Awakening 11 Emerging Worlds was one of the key releases of 2017 and she continues the rich vein of form with a new set, Maroon Cloud. In a wide ranging discussion with Kevin Le Gendre, Mitchell talks about the gender (im)balance in jazz, the importance of Chicago's venerable AACM and the need to speak out in the age of social media

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Jean Toussaint - Brotherly Love

The life of Jean Toussaint has taken him from his birthplace in the US Virgin Islands, to living in New York, studying at Berklee College of Music and being resident in Britain for the last 30 years. His membership of firebrand drummer Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers saw him undergo a baptism of fi re that took his playing to the next level. Channelling all these experiences into his new album, Brother Raymond, Alyn Shipton caught up with the saxophonist ahead of his UK tour, supporting a star-studded tribute to Blakey and the memory of his late brother

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