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Bourne To Do It - Matthew Bourne Interview

In this exclusive interview with pianist and composer Matthew Bourne he discusses the making of his celebrated Montauk Variations album.

Same As It Ever Was - The Return of Ultrasound.

After a stretched haitus following their untimely break-up in 1999, Ultrasound are back with a new album, Play For Today, that promises to remind all why they were destined to be biggest band in Britain during the closing scenes of Britpop.

Strummered - The Mescaleros Interview

On this, the tenth anniversary of Joe Strummer's untimely passing, members of his celebrated Mescaleros band reflect on their time with the man, his inspiration during the latter years and their shared experiences on being "Strummered".

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Same As It Ever Was – The Return of Ultrasound

Making music is all about being in the moment, that’s when it feels good and good things happen.”

Strummered – The Mescaleros Interview

Over the three years that produced as many albums and subsequent global tours, the Mescaleros were seen by many as Joe Strummer’s strongest solo persuit. On this, the tenth anniversary of his untimely passing, some of the band’s key players reflect on their time working with the former Clash man, his inspiration musically during the latter years, and their shared experience on being “Strummered”

Bourne To Do It – Matthew Bourne feature

A lengthy interview that, amongst other things, will expose Bourne’s passion for British ‘cowpat’ composers, disliking for ‘uninformed’ music critics, and the melodic motivation he recently found in an old lawnmower…

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Watermill Jazz 20th Anniversary Concert with Derek Nash and Sax Appeal

A player as renowned for his soulful kick as his countless credits, Nash threw his all into this show. When not centre stage, flanked by Scott Garland on alto, Bob McKay on baritone (and flute) and “top tenors” Brandon and …

Chris Laurence Quartet – Windmill Jazz club, Dorking

Best befitting Laurence’s lively work as long-time sessioner, the band eased in with the first of many tunes penned by past collaborators – Andy Sheppard’s “Dancing Man and Woman”, with Laurence holding down a tight, spidery bass figure, allowing Ricotti …

Bob James and David Sanborn – Barbican, London.

Long-time fans of pianist Bob James and saxophonist David Sanborn knew what to expect tonight.

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Shabaka Hutchings – Son of Kemet

Speaking exclusively about the release of the forthcoming album by his new band Sons of Kemet, leading British saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings also lets slip his motivation for putting together this intense and edgy outfit, and how they will play alongside the BBC concert orchestra in a very special Radio 3-commissioned performance at this year’s London Jazz Festival.

The Real People – Mersey Paradise (interview with Chris & Tony Griffiths)

Moments before their one-off show in London to promote their lastest album Think Positive, Chief Realies Chris and Tony Griffiths spoke to Mark Youll about the twenty-five year history of the group, and their influence on the countless bands that site them as the original makers and shakers of what later became Britpop.

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