Michael Brecker - Farewell to a brother

The jazz world was stunned to learn of the death of Michael Brecker in January. Although he had been ill for some time there were tentative signs of recovery over the past months and Brecker had even been in the studio working on a new album. Brecker was easily the most influential saxophonist in jazz since John Coltrane. His legacy will live on in the records he has left behind. Stuart Nicholson looks back at the life and music of Michael Brecker.

Graham Collier - Big It Up

Composer Graham Collier turns 70 this year. One of the leading UK jazz composers of his generation, his work has recently been rediscovered by younger musicians and audiences with a taste for his sophisticated arrangements. Duncan Heining talks to Collier, now resident in Spain, about his career and plans for his special birthday year.

Fraud - Art of Deception

One of last year’s breakthrough groups Fraud shows what it can do on record this month as its debut album, also called Fraud, is released. Powered by drummer Tim Giles and saxophonist James Allsopp the group has made the journey from the London underground jazz clubs to become the more visible face of the new post free jazz British groups. Interview :: Mike Flynn

Keith Jarrett - Hear Everything

Keith Jarrett, whose Köln Concert from 1975 has sold over three million copies worldwide, virtually defining the art of the solo piano concert in jazz in the process, has dramatically altered his style with his latest release The Carnegie Hall Concert. In a rare interview, he tells Stuart Nicholson how and why he changed his approach, the value of classical studies to aspiring young jazz musicians, what his own practice routine is at home, the state of jazz today and a whole lot more.

Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau - Meeting of minds

The release of Metheny Mehldau is the jazz event of the year by some distance. It’s the first time guitarist Pat Metheny and pianist Brad Mehldau have recorded together and presents a fascinating match of two musical forces who have become world renowned jazz figures. Metheny, for his wealth of critically and commercially successful records, guitar virtuosity and free wheeling jazz spirit, Mehldau for his dark neo-Gothic treatments of jazz standards and the figure who has made interpretations of Radiohead and Nick Drake de rigueur for the hip young jazz musician. In this exclusive Stuart Nicholson talks to Pat Metheny about the secretive recording session that spawned the record and a future release by the pair, and finds out how Pat and Brad found themselves playing a Whitney Houston song at a birthday party when they first met. Then Brad Mehldau talks to Stephen Graham about notions of Americana, his “Gothic tinge” and declares that he is a “notoriously bad collaborator”


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