Miguel Zenón – Free State of Mind

Feb-Jazzwise-cover-350A series of critically-acclaimed albums combining serious East Coast vibes with Puerto Rican roots has bagged émigré alto-saxophonist Miguel Zenón a succession of high-profile prizes. Kevin Le Gendre spoke to the New Yorker about his latest latin-leaning album Tipico, and his work with Caravan Cultural, a community-based outreach programme that brings jazz to underprivileged communities back in his homeland

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Trish Clowes - Inner Visions

Feb-Jazzwise-cover-350featSaxophonist Trish Clowes' latest album My Iris, on the Basho imprint, turns the sound of the traditional Hammond and guitar trio on its head – stretching the sonic possibilities into malleable new forms. Featuring guitarist Chris Montague, organist/pianist Ross Stanley and drummer James Maddren, Clowes is on a mission to steer her music into genre-melting zones. Stuart Nicholson looks into the album's far from flowery influences to discover they pose a series of reflections on history's bitter warnings within a course of distinctive, but decidedly melodic, improvisation

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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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