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Brian Lemon obituary

Jazz pianist who accompanied the stars and was an arranger, bandleader and soloistFor the better part of half a century, Brian Lemon, who has died aged 77, was the jazz pianist of choice for British all-star groups, as well as for visiting American instru

Robert Macfarlane on The Old Ways books podcast

Travel writer Robert Macfarlane came to the Guardian book club to discuss his exploration of the ancient tracks that crisscross the globe Continue reading...

A Harlem Dream review Charleston steps and B-boy spins in high-energy tale

Young Vic, LondonIvan Blackstock strikes gold with his mix of hip-hop and jazz choreography, but the underpinning story is weakDuring the 1920s and early 30s jazz had all the ubiquity and urban cool of contemporary hip-hop: it made international stars of

Why Scott Walker + Sunn O)))'s Soused is the one album you should hear this week video

Alexis Petridis recommends Soused, the new collaborative album by Scott Walker and Sunn O))), which he describes as a foregone conclusion: when two such towering figures of the musical leftfield are brought together, how could it be anything other than a

Memphis: The Musical review Beverley Knight shines in story of R&Bs explosion

Shaftesbury, LondonThe singer combines charisma and power alongside a Sinatra-like Killian Donnelly in this exciting take on a key moment in pop history Continue reading...

Superfood: Dont Say That review vigorous 90s-influenced alt-rock

(Infectious)There was no better decade than the 90s for Birmingham indie four-piece Superfood or at least thats what their debut album Dont Say That seems to say. For their dedication to Britpops golden years, look no further than the bands website, fash

Mallory Knox: Asymmetry review endearingly honest alt-rock

(Epic)Once you get past the awkward irony of such a sweetly melodic rock band naming themselves after Juliette Lewiss murderous turn in Natural Born Killers, Mallory Knox are a difficult bunch to dislike. Asymmetry exhibits a degree of polish and refineme

Yusuf/Cat Stevens: Tell Em Im Gone review revealing Rick Rubin-produced reinvigoration

(Legacy)Yusuf/Cat Stevens is a cumbersome moniker, but Tell Em Im Gone, his first album in five years, is a convincing return to rock music. Co-producer Rick Rubin has again helped reinvigorate a veteran singer with well-chosen covers (including Procol Ha

Annie Lennox: Nostalgia review poignant renditions of pre-rock standards

(Island)Rod Stewarts mega-successful Great American Songbook series has become something of a blueprint for musicians at a crossroads donning a metaphorical black tie and settling into the nostalgic glow of pre-rock music standards. As the former Eurythmi

Kassé Mady Diabaté: Kiriké review Malian master goes back to his musical roots

(No Format!)Kassé Mady Diabaté is one of the finest singers in Africa. Hes a griot, a guardian of Malis ancient culture, but in the west he is best known for his fusion projects. He sang on Taj Mahal and Toumani Diabatés Kulanjan, an album praised by P