Thomas Strønen – Time Bandits

Jazzwise-May16-Cover275Whether within the static-subsumed tapestries of Food or while leading his own piano-pushing ensemble on latest album Time Is A Blind Guide, Thomas Strønen adheres to the less-is-more credo. Ahead of a UK tour and Cheltenham appearance, Stuart Nicholson speaks to the highly-inventive drummer about his minimalist approach to music-making and the influence of former bandmate, the late great pianist John Taylor

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Bill Evans – Black Forest Fire

Jazzwise-May16-Cover275Resonance Records discovery of a previously unreleased, immaculately recorded studio album by piano giant Bill Evans from 1968 is set to be one of the archival finds of the year. Brian Priestley speaks with Jack DeJohnette and Eddie Gomez, who both performed with Evans in one of his most short-lived trios on Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black Forest, and finds out what it was like to play with one of jazz’s premier pianists at this transitional time in his career

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Tim Garland – Roots Manoeuvres

April16-coverBack with a new jazz-rock edged album, One, Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer Tim Garland has opened a new chapter in a career that’s already seen him work in close collaboration with luminaries such as Chick Corea and King Crimson’s Bill Bruford. Stuart Nicholson spoke to the bandleader about the direct impact that such acclaimed artists have had on this incendiary new work, while charting the formative and lasting influence of the Canterbury scene, Celtic folk and even death metal

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Esperanza Spalding – Double Dare

April16-coverHugely acclaimed for her recent Grammy winning Chamber Music Society and Radio Music Society albums, prodigiously gifted bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding has positively leapt off the beaten track for her latest project, Emily’s D+Evolution. Taking on the highly theatrical persona of ‘Emily’ (her middle name), she’s embraced rock-edged funk and performance poetry to embark on a psychedelic-hued voyage of self and artistic discovery. Peter Quinn spoke to the singer-songwriter about how the influences of jazz-rock giants Cream, the genius of Joni Mitchell and the liberating spirit of Wayne Shorter all contributed to Emily’s evolution

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Empirical – Deeper Connections

April16-coverEight years into their ever-questing and consistently creative existence, acclaimed British four-piece Empirical have recently adopted unusual tactics in a bid to alter the dynamics of the artist-audience relationship. Recording their most recent album, Connection, after a week of highly interactive gigs in January last year, they’ve recently taken their music direct to the public via a series of performances at Old Street underground station in London. Kevin Le Gendre catches up with the group to discover how directly connecting with their listeners has shaped their music in new and unexpected ways

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