Jazz

Playlist: Matthew Halsall

This week we asked Mancunian trumpeter Matthew Halsall to compile a playlist for us and, perhaps unsurprisingly, were bowled over by his eclecticism. His top pick of tunes old and new include Steve Reich, Aphex Twin, Yann Tiersen, Miles Davies, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock and The Cinematic Orchestra. So plug in and get yourself sorted for a mega 53-song selection – the perfect soundtrack for a summer barbeque…

Interview: The Invisible

The Invisible are known as a Mercury Music Prize nominated guitar pop act but their roots lie in jazz and far out musical experimentation. We quizzed bass player Tom Herbert, who also moonlights with Polar Bear, on why jazz is an intrinsic part of the Invisible’s musical DNA…

Interview: Arun Ghosh

‘Indo-jazz’ maybe a genre which possibly has you reaching for the dictionary but British-Asian clarinettist Arun Ghosh is the UK’s most radical exponent of the sound. His music fuses Indian folk music, dub, traditional jazz with an upbringing in the north of England. In our interview Arun told us more about how jazz has been saved from becoming a ‘period piece’…

Interview: Troyka

Chris Montague, Joshua Blackmore and Kit Downes are Troyka, a jazz trio in love with Aphex Twin and Steely Dan and tipped by Timeout as one of London’s most exciting live acts. We spoke to Chris on songwriting, routes into jazz and how to survive as a jazz musician in 2013

Interview: Soweto Kinch

MC and saxophonist Soweto Kinch is known for fusing hip hop and jazz but his latest double album, The Legend of Mike Smith, goes even further out there, taking in soundsystem culture and classic story telling. M found out why integrity and passion is more important to him than musical box ticking…

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Playlist: Pete Wareham

Melt Yourself Down is the newest musical outfit from saxophonist Pete Wareham. It’s his latest project to flick two fingers at the traditional jazz template and reinvent it with a wild energy few others tap into. Pete looks to the sounds of North Africa to inspire his incendiary deconstruction of the genre. If you're intrigued as to which artists have informed the Melt Yourself Down debut album, then you need to check out his exclusive playlist for M…

Interview: Led Bib

Jazz drummer Mark Holub is doing his bit to overhaul any preconceptions surrounding the genre with his energetic, eclectic group Led Bib. M quizzed this Mercury Music Prize nominated artist on the challenges and opportunities facing the genre…