Val Wilmer – My Mother, Her Kitchen Table And Jazz

Renowned jazz writer and photographer Val Wilmer takes a look back to a golden time when quiet domesticity gave way to artistic ambitions, a period when her mother's south London home played host to a procession of great musically-minded names, from Charles Mingus and Memphis Slim to Anthony Braxton and Jesse Fuller

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Julian Siegel Quartet – Partisan Punk and Swing

Following a fertile 2017 which saw him take his ambitious big-band project out on the road, culminating in a performance at Ronnie Scott's for Jazzwise's 20th Anniversary celebrations, Julian Siegel returns with his propulsive Quartet and their second album, Vista, arguably the saxophonist's most accomplished studio set to date. Stuart Nicholson spoke with Siegel about his band's chemistry, the realisation of a childhood big-band dream and his unlikely dalliances with members of former anarcho-punkers Crass

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John Surman – Enduring Love

Maintaining a delicate balancing act poised between preservation of old relationships and investment in new projects, revered reedsman and composer John Surman remains a potent force for disparate sonic adventure. With the release of his latest album on ECM, Invisible Threads, he spoke to Selwyn Harris about the secrets of his successful relationship with Manfred Eicher's legendary label, keeping his long-standing collaborations fresh and the wisdom required when revisiting illustrious projects from the past

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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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