ENEMY – The Enemies Within

Django Bates acolyte Petter Eldh and UK jazz luminaries Kit Downes and James Maddren are taking no prisoners with their debut release as ENEMY. Ahead of the trio's appearance at Cheltenham Jazz Festival this month, they spoke to Thomas Rees about their fearsome compositions, peppered with rhythmic riddles and extra-terrestrial sounds; the importance of pushing boundaries; and the threat of enemies, both real and imagined

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Peter Brötzmann – Machine Gun Etiquette

Peter Brötzmann's boisterous free-jazz assault Machine Gun was released on an unsuspecting world 50 years ago this month. Daniel Spicer outlines the sonic and political backdrop which birthed this brutal blast of protest music and gauges its influence on a whole new generation of mutinous minds

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Esperanza Spalding - In The Hot Seat

Esperanza Spalding has won both industry and critical acclaim for her wildly divergent work, notching up four Grammy Awards, most notably a 2011 Best New Artist Award that had the chutzpah to trounce pop idol Justin Bieber and folk-rockers Mumford & Sons. Yet, the bassist, singer and multi-instrumentalist has never sought an obvious or easy creative path, especially for her latest album, Exposure. Living up to its title, the writing and recording of the album was streamed live on Facebook, with the continuous three-day session clocking up 1.4 million views. She spoke with Kevin Le Gendre about how this brazen creative process pushed her performance skills and endurance to the edge

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Beats & Pieces – Let’s Dance

Celebrating a decade together this year, Mancunian big band Beats & Pieces continue to refine the parameters of expanded ensemble playing, that's as likely to include deconstructed David Bowie and Björk songs to their own heavy-riffing originals. With the band appearing at this year's Jazzahead! conference in Bremen and a forthcoming third album set to feature more rock-out experimentation, Selwyn Harris spoke to the group's leader Ben Cottrell and drummer Finlay Panter about the collective's evolution through Manchester's DIY scene and their contemporary twist on the big-band tradition

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Kurt Elling – Questioning Times

Continuing his recent series of collaborations with Branford Marsalis, superlative US singer Kurt Elling's latest album, The Questions, sees him recast tunes originally by everyone from Carla Bley to Bob Dylan as a response to our current troubled times. Peter Quinn spoke to the vocalist about his repositioning of past classics as a reaction to our contemporary malaise

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