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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Review: EFG London JF last weekend

Bob Weir wraps up the last weekend of an event that forms the perfect conclusion to a jazz festival season that stretches from spring to late autumn

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Review: Harvey Mason at Ronnie Scott's

Francis Graham-Dixon watches as the veteran drummer breathes new life into 1970s funk tunes at the EFG London Jazz Festival, transfixing Ronnie's diners mid-chew

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Review: John Surman & Karin Krog

Michael Tucker catches John Surman with Norwegian vocalist Karin Krog for a post-London Jazz Festival gig in Brighton, followed by Ketil Bjørnstad in Southampton

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Review: Charles Lloyd & Lovano/Douglas

Garry Booth enjoys the rambunctious Lovano/Douglas group and the spiritually refreshing Charles Lloyd on the closing night of the EFG London Jazz Festival

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Review: Regina Carter/Yazz Ahmed

Fred Grand enjoys violinist Regina Carter's hoedown jazz and Yazz Ahmed's Arab-influenced trumpet playing on the penultimate night of the EFG London Jazz Festival

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Review: Kenny Barron & Dave Holland

Fred Grand finds the art of conversation alive and well in a set of standards and originals from the renowned pianist and bassist at the EFG London Jazz Festival

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Review: Stefano Bollani/Tomasz Stanko

Simon Adams enjoys the ECM double act of Stefano Bollani/Hamilton de Holanda and the Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet at the EFG London Jazz Festival

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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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