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 Interview, The Bad Plus on the band's new chapter

by Joshua Lee

We sat down with Reid Anderson, David King, Chris Speed and Ben Monder to chat about the latest incarnation of The Bad Plus, their new self-titled album, and plans for the band going forward.

 Interview, Rembrandt Frerichs on improvising piano concertos

by Joshua Lee

The Dutch pianist and composer sat down with us to chat about his two new piano concertos, bringing improvisation into the composition process, and what the rest of 2022 has in store for him.

 Interview, Tord Gustavsen on piano trios and Scandinavian folk tunes

by Joshua Lee

We caught up with Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen while touring his new album Opening on ECM Records, to discuss his love of piano trio chemistry, Scandinavian folk tunes, and the psychology of improvisation.

 Interview, Trish Clowes on 'A View With a Room'

by Joshua Lee

We caught up with the British saxophonist and songwriter to talk about her latest album on Greenleaf Music, her creative process, and her 2022 tour plans.

 Interview, Omar Lye-Fook and Quentin Collins on their Jazz Cafe collaboration

by Joshua Lee

Ahead of a gig at the London Jazz Cafe, we spoke to neo-soul vocalist Omar Lye-Fook and trumpeter Quentin Collins on their latest collaborative record - the electrifying and funky Live at Last - as well as getting back into the swing of live music, and what they're up to later this year.

 Interview, Martin Archer on the history of Discus Music

by Matt Groom

We spoke to Martin Archer, label boss over at Discus Music, about his own background in jazz and improvised music, as well as his approach to running a label with a catalogue as diverse as Discus.

 Interview, Mark Kavuma and Ruben Fox on Kinetika Bloco and Banger Factory Records

by Joshua Lee

We caught up with the London-based trumpet and sax players to talk about Mark's new imprint Banger Factory Records and the two's involvement with London carnival band Kinetika Bloco.

 Interview, Eivind Aarset on classic rock influences and 'Phantasmagoria'

by Joshua Lee

We spoke to the Norwegian guitarist about his latest album Phantasmagoria, or A Different Kind of Journey, his early rock influences and how he keeps himself inspired.

 Interview, Nishla Smith on 'Friends With Monsters'

by Joshua Lee

The Australian-born, Manchester-based vocalist and songwriter speaks to us about her personal new record Friends With Monsters, cross-media collaboration and her love of storytellers.

 Interview, Avishai Cohen on writing for orchestra and returning to old tunes

by Joshua Lee

Ahead of his trio's appearance at the EFG London Jazz Festival, we spoke with the acclaimed bassist about his collaboration with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the return of live music, and bringing fan-favourite tunes to a new audience.

 Interview, Nicole Glover on learning to be a leader and 'Strange Lands'

by Joshua Lee

Josh caught up with the Oregon-hailing, New York-based saxophonist to chat about her latest album Strange Lands, writing for chordless sax trio and the challenges of bandleading.

 Interview, Tenderlonious on keeping busy and international collaborations

by Joshua Lee

We caught up with the prolific multi-instrumentalist, producer and record label boss Ed Cawthorne, aka Tenderlonious, to chat about his beginnings as a beat producer, taking up the saxophone, and collaborating with musicians around the world.

 Interview, Samara Joy on Sarah Vaughn and the thrill of live performance

by Joshua Lee

We caught up with rising jazz vocal talent Samara Joy to discuss her new album, live performance and early influences.

 Interview, Alex Western-King on bandleading and inspirations

by Joshua Lee

The UK-based saxophonist talks to Joshua about his early influences, inspirations, and what he's learned from releasing his own music.

 Interview, Logan Richardson on 'Afrofuturism'

by Joshua Lee

We sat down with saxophonist and producer Logan Richardson, to talk about the creative process for his new album Afrofuturism, working with Whirlwind Recordings and his big plans for 2021.

 Interview, Michael Janisch on managing Whirlwind Recordings

by Joshua Lee

We sat down with bassist and Whirlwind Recordings label boss Michael Janisch to discuss his beginnings in music, and how managing a label can present new challenges every year.

 Interview, Per Oddvar Johansen on finding inspiration in isolation

by Joshua Lee

We sat down with Presto Award-winner, drummer Per Oddvar Johansen, to discuss his latest album The Quiet Cormorant, as well as his compositional process and hopeful plans for next year.

 Interview, Tori Handsley on influences and improvisation

by Joshua Lee

On the eve of releasing her new album As We Stand, featuring regular collaborators Ruth Goller and Moses Boyd, Josh catches up with jazz harpist Tori Handsley to talk about her influences, approach to improvisation, and plans for the future.

 Interview, Gwilym Simcock

by Matt Groom

Matt talks to pianist Gwilym Simcock about his latest album Near and Now, and the album's live London debut at King's Place.

 Interview, Nicola Benedetti on Wynton Marsalis

by Katherine Cooper

The violinist talks to Katherine about premiering the legendary jazz musician's Violin Concerto (released earlier this month on Decca), which draws on influences as diverse as Robert Johnson, Duke Ellington, Scottish folk music and Stravinsky.