Kandace Springs - Mood Indigo

Since the release of her acclaimed 2016 debut, Soul Eyes, Kandace Springs' combination of jazz, R&B, soul, classical and pop has garnered widespread praise and celebrity attention from artists such as Prince and Gregory Porter. Ahead of her appearance at the EFG London Jazz Festival, Peter Quinn spoke to the Nashville-based pianist and singer-songwriter about her latest long-player, Indigo, which features a poignant duet with Springs' father, a pivotal figure in her life

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Ethan Iverson and Mark Turner - New Found Freedom

Building on a musical partnership which blossomed when they were both part of the Billy Hart Quartet, Mark Turner and Ethan Iverson have now gone in search of the nexus where the sounds of Lennie Tristano and Lee Konitz meet chamber music on their album, Temporary Kings. The pair met with Stuart Nicholson, and spoke with him about their delight in recording for the iconic ECM label, as well as their other manifold projects

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Wayne Shorter – Cosmic Crusader

Wayne Shorter's new triple-album, Emanon, finds the 85-year-old legend still looking forward after nearly 60 years of musical innovation. Accompanying his string-driven orchestrations with a graphic novel, it draws upon the saxophonist's life-long love of comic books. Stuart Nicholson spoke with Shorter about the narrative behind this audio-visual feast and places it within the wider context of his formidable canon

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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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