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Art Ensemble of Chicago: “We were young and foolish. Now we’re old and foolish, but we’re still happy and still trying”

  • Thursday, December 5, 2019

Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the legendary Art Ensemble of Chicago show no signs of slowing down. The group’s new double-album, We Are On The Edge, finds longstanding members Roscoe Mitchell and Famoudou Don Moye joined by guests including Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Dudu Kouyate on a typically adventurous set. It’s a fitting testament to this iconic, ever-challenging band, who took Paris by storm in the late 1960s, and remain as relevant as ever. Don Moye tells it like it is to...

Christine and Ingrid Jensen: “There’s no reason to compromise on the level of music just to make up for issues of integrating”

  • Friday, November 29, 2019

Canadians Ingrid and Christine Jensen are among the most well-known siblings in jazz. Renowned instrumentalists and bandleaders in their own right since the 1990s, they’ve contributed to the bands of Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue, among others. They speak to Selwyn Harris about their special relationship, musical inspirations and gender equality issues

Dave Holland: “You can improvise in open-form style for as long as you like, but you’ll never improvise ‘Giant Steps’”

  • Monday, November 25, 2019

Acclaimed double-bassist Dave Holland might have made his name performing with Miles Davis, Chick Corea and Anthony Braxton, but it is arguably on his own recordings that some of his most rewarding performances can be heard. Stuart Nicholson caught up with Holland before the release of his latest album, Good Hope, which matches him once more with his hotshot Crosscurrents trio featuring saxophonist Chris Potter and percussionist Zakir Hussain

Yazz Ahmed interview: “Music has helped me identify who I am”

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019

For adventurous trumpeter Yazz Ahmed music was the key to unlocking her identity as a half Bahraini, half English girl growing up in suburban South London. She’s since forged a sonically-distinctive style, shaped as much by her work with Radiohead and These New Puritans as her own eclectic instincts. Here she speaks with Andy Robson about investigating her ethnic roots to challenge the strictures of genre and her new work, Polyhymnia, inspired by the courage of extraordinary women

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