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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Phronesis – Belly of The Beast

Bigger, bolder and louder than ever before, that's The Behemoth, the latest album from propulsive piano trio Phronesis. Andy Robson speaks to bassist Jasper Høiby and project arranger Julian Argüelles, ahead of the the band's performance at Jazzwise's 20th Anniversary Festival, about the mechanics behind this musical monster, a grand proposal reinvigorating prime cuts from the troupe's kinetic back catalogue

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Georgia Mancio and Alan Broadbent – Tales Of The Heart

A finely-poised collaboration between Grammy-winning former Quartet West pianist, composer and arranger Alan Broadbent and singer, lyricist and curator Georgia Mancio has resulted in the release of the exquisite vocal collection, Songbook. Peter Quinn spoke to this simpatico pairing about their creative partnership

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Jaco Pastorius - Catch Me If You Can

M17-CoverJW-350Jaco Pastorius made a seismic impact on the role, and voice, of the humble bass guitar, arriving with a bang in the mid-1970s he took the music world by storm. As solo artist, star sideman and a lynchpin member of Weather Report, helping catapult the group to incredible success, he seemed light-years ahead of anyone else. A decade later and his personal demons, drink and drug abuse and increasingly erratic behavior eroded his huge success and resulted in his tragic death, aged just 35. Now with the release of a vital new Pastorius live document, Live in NYC: The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz Alive! Recording, issued on the Resonance imprint on triple vinyl especially for the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day, Stuart Nicholson seizes the opportunity to survey the bassist's revolutionary approach, with input from Peter Erskine, Pat Metheny and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, who all acknowledge how Jaco's huge legacy lives on today

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