Roswell Rudd – Soul Elevation

Despite battling with illlness, master trombonist Roswell Rudd remained passionately committed to making music to the end. Indeed, his illness embues his final recording, Embrace with a poetic power, distilling his wideopen approach into a beautifully poignant testament. His undimmed enthusiasm extended to his desire to talk about the album to Kevin Le Gendre, tracing his trajectory from performing alongside Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler, Don Cherry and Steve Lacy, to his involvement with the New York Art Quartet to becoming a flag-waver for the collective spirit among the younger generations of America's avant-garde. Sadly, Rudd passed away on 21 December 2017, aged 82. This was to be his final interview

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Elliot Galvin – Spy Games

Pianist Elliot Galvin's latest album, The Influencing Machine, finds the pianist focused on the life of an 18th century double-agent who suffered from paranoid delusions about an airborne automated oppressor. Nick Hasted spoke to the Dinosaur/Chaos Collective pianist about this fantastical concept and how its tale became a prism through which his instrumental work could confront the complexities of today's deeply divided society

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Thelonious Monk – Mr Misterioso

This year marks the centenary of the birth of groundbreaking pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, an artist regarded by many as something of an outsider during his lifetime, but a man whose bold musical birthright now remains undeniable. With Monk's soundtrack recording for the French film Les Liaisons Dangereuses topping the Jazzwise Critics Poll, Brian Priestley took the opportunity to speak with Thelonious' son, drummer and bandleader T.S. Monk, to chart the legend's legacy and uncover the roots of his masterful musical innovations

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Jazz re:freshed - Engines of Creation

Jazz re:freshed has come a long way from the organisation's humble beginnings at its monthly residency in west London to this year setting the international music scene buzzing with a showcase of emerging UK jazz stars at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Celebrating its 15th anniversary of existence in 2018, this fecund focal point within the UK capital has spawned a record label, an acclaimed free festival on London's Southbank and a new generation of genre-hopping jazz artists. Kevin Le Gendre spoke to one its founders, promoter Justin McKenzie, about how their work with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Jason Yarde, Moses Boyd and Nubya Garcia is taking UK jazz out of its niche and beyond international borders

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Norma Winstone - Moving Pictures

In diverse contexts – from traditional balladry to experimental electronically-infused soundscapes Norma Winstone's voice remains an incredibly potent instrument, distinguished and distinctive. Here one of the jazz world's great vocalists speaks to Stuart Nicholson about her gradual transformation from interpreter of the Great American Songbook to quintessential English jazz singer. She discusses her unique approach to her forthcoming album for ECM, Descansado: Songs for Films (release mid-February 2018) – a suite exploring the movie music of composers such as Nino Rota, Michel Legrand and Ennio Morricone – and her revered recording debut on Joe Harriott & Amancio D'Silva Quartets Hum Dono

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