Charles Lloyd, one of the key 1960s jazz musicians who reached out to a new young generation immersed in rock and turned them on to jazz, has teamed up with master tabla player Zakir Hussain for a new album which managed to tap the essence of the blues while drawing on the great improvisational resources of Indian music. Lloyd and Hussain talk to Duncan Heining about their collaboration.
The very antithesis of the power drummer, Paul Motian, revered for his work with Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett as well as his own prodigious work as a leader, turns 75 this year. Duncan Heining looks back with Motian over the highs and lows of his remarkable musical career.
Trumpeter Dave Douglas’ latest work Blue Latitudes is based on a book about Captain Cook’s pioneering expeditionary voyages in the eighteenth century. He is joined by bassist Mark Dresser, percussionist Susie Ibarra and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with the classical musicians charged by Douglas to partly improvise. Alyn Shipton catches up with Douglas, now releasing music under his own label, as he rehearses for the performances due this month
Archie Shepp stands now as a totemic figure from an era in jazz history notable for its spirit of rebellion, its allegiances with the black power of the 1960s and a belief that music is part of a bigger social and political struggle. The saxophonist, in his first major interview for Jazzwise, talks to Kevin Le Gendre about the era in which he grew up, the issues he cares most for, and how he feels "the more that we’re oppressed, the more we feel the need to assert ourselves."
Bobby Wellins is 70 this year and to celebrate the occasion Peter Vacher chews the fat with Bobby, hearing the great tenor player’s tales of early days back in Glasgow, high jinks with Buddy Featherstonehaugh, great music with Stan Tracey and the highs and lows of drug addiction and what has often been a tough life playing jazz
Long-form classical-indebted compositions are back in style. Stuart Nicholson takes a close look at the evolution of extended symphonic orchestrations in jazz, from the creations of Gershwin to Ellington to...