Yazz Ahmed - Urban Hymns

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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Gwilym Simcock - Grand Master

Eight years on from his Mercury Prize-shortlisted ACT debut, pianist Gwilym Simcock returns with a second solo album for the label recorded at his home in Berlin. He talks to Peter Quinn about evoking emotions, restoring a 120-year-old piano, and why practicing in the afternoon won’t win you any friends in Germany

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Art Ensemble of Chicago - Ancient To Future Warriors

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 Kevin Le Gendre

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Seamus Blake – Blake’s Heaven

Saxophonist Seamus Blake has forged a fearsome rep as a player’s player on his native New York soil, performing with a who’s who of contemporary jazz greats. Yet, as Stuart Nicholson discovers, it’s his recent move to Paris and his associations with some of France’s leading young musicians that should see his music break out into a wider musical universe

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Dan Weiss - Weiss Squad

Maverick New York City drummer Dan Weiss’ fearless approach has seen him play blistering tabla beats with Rudresh Mahanthappa and turn rap rhythms into balletic percussive workouts. Now leading his death metal-influenced group Starebaby, who appear at this month’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Stuart Nicholson caught up with this most idiosyncratic of drum dynamos

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