Jazz

Interview: Chris Sharkey

Jazz and thrash metal may sound like two different worlds but experimental guitarist Chris Sharkey is doing his best to bring them together. We spoke to the Leeds-based musician on his involvement in Take 5 and how to survive as a jazz artist who doesn’t call London home…

Interview: The Heliocentrics

The Heliocentrics are a loose limbed collective with roots in funk and their heads in the cosmos. A passion for dusty beats has seen them work with DJ Shadow while their 13 Degrees of Reality album sees the band going further out than ever before. M quizzed drummer Malcolm about music making…

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’…