Alison Rayner – Making Magic Happen

Bassist and composer Alison Rayner has been a pillar of musical strength since boldly emerging as a Fender bass-toting force in 1970s feminist jazz-funk band Jam Today and 1980s all-women group The Guest Stars. Now also playing double-bass she's become renowned for her richly resonant, soulful playing, both as a founding member of jazz collective, Blow The Fuse, and her own Quintet whose new album, A Magic Life, has recently been released. Val Wilmer spoke to Rayner and her bandmates, to discover the emotional heart behind the bassist's bewitching music

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Soweto Kinch – Code Breaker

001 cover Dec-Jan16CDSaxophonist Soweto Kinch does the maths on his latest long-player, Nonagram, straddling the audio-arithmetical abyss to uncover a rich seam of unfamiliar pitches and reconfigured frequencies. Kevin Le Gendre gets to the square root of this questing sonic summation and marks Kinch’s progress since the release of his critically-acclaimed 2003 debut Conversations With The Unseen

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Christine Tobin – Poetry on Main Street

001 cover Dec-Jan16CDWith her close poetic ties, its unsurprising that the music of singer Christine Tobin is so ripe with striking lyrical artistry and imagery. Her armful of Parliamentary, BASCA and Herald Angel awards, as well as her 10 solo albums to date have more than proved her to be among the UK's very best. Now realising her ambition to live and work in New York, she's back with a new album, Pelt, a striking genre-hopping collection of songs featuring the verse of acclaimed Irish poet Paul Muldoon artfully set to an ever-shifting score. Peter Quinn spoke to the Irish-born singer songwriter about this challenging process and sought out the reasons behind her move to the birthplace of modern jazz

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Chet Baker – Glowing Inside

001 cover Dec-Jan16CDLeaving behind a trail of lurid headlines and prison time in the US, Chet Baker increasingly sought solace in the clubs of Europe, as recently commemorated by the release of a new double-album, Chet Baker Live In London. Recorded between 28 March to 2 April 1983 on a week-long engagement at the long defunct Canteen in Covent Garden, it reveals Baker's golden tone and stunning solos transcending his dishevelled appearance. Roy Carr draws on past interviews with Baker and the musicians who performed with him on those London dates to explore a pivotal phase in the troubled trumpet-player's life

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David S Ware – Downtown Deity

001 cover Dec-Jan16CDThe late David S Ware, who died in October 2012, emerged from New York's 1970s loft scene to become a champion of free jazz principles. Even his dalliance with a major label could do nothing to quench his indomitable fire, as he continued to sustain and develop the ideas previously laid out by pioneers such as John Coltrane, Albert Ayler and Cecil Taylor. Philip Clark surveys Ware's questing music and spoke to pianist Matthew Shipp to assesses the iconoclastic saxophonist's lasting legacy as documented on a series of archival recordings issued by the Brooklyn-based AUM Fidelity imprint

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