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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Cuong Vu - The Dance Of Time

Coming to global attention as part of the Pat Metheny Group, trumpeter Cuong Vu stood out as a fiery leftfield stylist. Yet, his evolution as an equally compelling solo artist now sees him release Change In The
Air, his second album in close collaboration with outré guitar whiz Bill Frisell. Stuart Nicholson spoke to Vu about how a career epiphany pushed him towards captivating new creative avenues

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Eddie Harris - The Ghost of Electricity

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the release of tenor-saxophonist Eddie Harris' boundarybreaking Silver Cycles album. This somewhat overlooked, but space-age cocktail of spiritual jazz, avant-garde and ethereal voices, along with Harris' innovative use of analogue electronic effects, now chimes widely with today's new jazz generation. Acclaimed poet, lyricist and musician Pete Brown, who met Harris on a number of occasions, takes a personal look back at his life and work, revealing the saxophonist's deadpan sense of humour alongside a catalogue ripe for reinvestigation

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