Joshua Redman Mark Gilbert asks what’s behind the reedman’s animated onstage persona – calculated choreography or spontaneous combustion?

Sun Ra A century after Sun Ra’s “manifestation”, Brian Morton says the music of the man from Saturn wasn’t always out there and even when it appeared so it had a timeless message we can all relate to

Profiles singer and composer Charlie Wood; swing repertory drummer Richard Pite; Headhunters drummer Mike Clark

On The Other Hand
Dave Gelly enjoys a new assessment of Philip Larkin and thanks Scott Hamilton for providing more live saxophonic pleasure than anyone since Zoot Sims

What Do You Do During the Day?
John Robert Brown considers players who made a mark away from the bandstand. This month: Wally Fawkes, cartoonist

The Classical Tinge Part 10: Black Market, Minimalism, Metheny and Mays. Dave Jones continues his series on the relationship between classical music and jazz

Book Reviews An Approach To Comping: The Essentials; The Evolution Of Mann: Herbie Mann And The Flute In Jazz; Different Every Time (biography of Robert Wyatt); The Harmony Of Dave Brubeck; The Ivory Men: Black Bob & Blind John 1932-1942

Obituaries Kenny Wheeler; Idris Muhammad; Gerald Wilson; Roy Crimmins

Record reviews 81 CDs reviewed this month. See the whole list

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Jazz Journal Calendar 2015

The Jazz Journal Calendar 2015 makes the ideal Christmas jazz gift and is available to pre-order now with a personalised greetings card

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Review: John McLaughlin/Hedvig Mollestad

Fred Grand reviews a blistering performance from John McLaughlin's 4th Dimension, preceded by a rude blast from guitarist Hedvig Mollestad's power trio

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Review: Quentin Collins Quintet, Reading

Derek Ansell enjoys two sets by trumpeter Quentin Collins and his quintet at the Progress Theatre, Reading, including music from Monk, Powell, Ellington and Corea

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Review: Texier/Freestone/Sheppard

Michael Tucker is thrilled by a scintillating set from bassist Henri Texier as well as a fine set from saxophonist Andy Sheppard as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival

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Review: Marsalis & Ibrahim in London

Branford Marsalis and Abdullah Ibrahim at the EFG London Jazz Festival, the former bursting with energy, the latter leaving feet unstomped

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Review: The Space Age Bill Frisell in London

David West tunes in and drops out with Bill Frisell's vision of surf guitar at The Barbican as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2014

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Review: Skopje Jazz Festival 2014

Bob Weir, on his annual Balkan jaunt, stops in Macedonia and finds the Terri Lyne Carrington Quartet underwhelming but is amazed by Australian piano trio The Necks

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Review: Jan Garbarek & The Hilliards

Michael Tucker saw Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble at Temple Church, London on the opening night of the 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival

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Review: Belgrade Jazz Festival 2014

Bob Weir enjoys Danilo Perez, Charles Lloyd and Paolo Fresu at the 30th Belgrade jazz festival, where good attendances were encouraged by a keen pricing policy

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Review: Signature Jazz Cruise in the Med

Don Albert has a whale of a time on the new Jazz Cruise from Monte Carlo, with Randy Brecker, Anat Cohen and last-minute substitute Chris Botti

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Sixty years of Newport jazz

A concert from Richard Pite’s Jazz Repertory Company as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival in November marks 60 years of the Newport Jazz Festival

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London Jazz Festival on Radio 3

Selected concerts from the EFG London Jazz Festival will air on BBC Radio 3 this November, including the launch from Ronnie Scott's with Stanley Clarke

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Review: Koktebel Jazz Party, Crimea

Andy Hamilton enjoys the playing of Tom Harrell, Valery Ponomarev and others at a kind of Blackpool on the Black Sea

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Abdullah Ibrahim set for four UK dates

Abdullah Ibrahim tours the UK for four nights this November, including a set at the EFG London Jazz Festival with his septet Ekaya

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Jazzers campaign for pensions

Leading American players have united to seek fair pay and retirement security for jazz musicians working in New York

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Review: Tori Freestone at the 606

Derek Ansell enjoys the light, lyrical style of Tori Freestone at the 606 Club, Chelsea, where she presented music from her new album In The Chophouse

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Review: Chicago Jazz Festival

Brian Payne revels in a festival that doesn't need big pop draws masquerading as symbols of eclecticism in order to show top-class jazz

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Canterbury: the jazz-rocker's tale

A crowd-funded documentary about the 1960-70s Canterbury music scene behind the emergence of bands such as Soft Machine, Caravan and Gong is in production


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