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The best jazz and world music gigs to see in autumn 2012

1094 days ago
Guardian MusicNordic country music, British folk and some gold-standard jazz in London and BirminghamSusannaThe Norwegian founder of Susanna and the Magical Orchestra tours material from her new album, Wild Dog: ethereal songs that suggest a kind of 21st-century N... more info

Enrico Rava: Rava on the Dance Floor – review

1104 days ago
Guardian Music(ECM)It's taken Enrico Rava, the Miles Davis-inspired trumpeter from Trieste, until his 70s to hit the dance floor. This live album is dedicated to Michael Jackson, who Rava said he didn't discover until the singer's death – and then became obs... more info

The 101 strangest records on Spotify: Joe McPhee – Nation Time

1106 days ago
Guardian MusicThink of this as a grinning punk cousin to Miles Davis's brutal and brilliant Bitches BrewReading on mobile? Listen hereIt would be a simple – and hugely enjoyable – task to make a list of 101 amazing and odd jazz LPs on Spotify, but if y... more info

Von Freeman obituary

1106 days ago
Guardian MusicUnassuming master of post-bop jazz who refused to leave his native ChicagoTo get the real point of Von Freeman, the American tenor saxophonist who has died aged 88, you had to hear him in one of the Chicago jazz lounges that he inhabited throughout h... more info

Readers recommend: songs about circles – results

1119 days ago
Guardian MusicThe time has come round again for this week's RR playlistAnother week, another Readers Recommend theme, regular as clockwork. Last week's call for songs about circles solicited some profoundly heady adventures into the subconscious and expressions of... more info

A guide to Olga Neuwirth's music

1121 days ago
Guardian MusicThis remarkable creator – of orchestral pieces and chamber works as well as hybrids of film and performance art – draws on a plethora of influences, yet devises her own astonishing sound All articles in this seriesAfter Igor Stravinsky, i... more info

Mike Stern: All Over the Place – review

1132 days ago
Guardian Music(Heads Up)Former Miles Davis guitarist Mike Stern takes an all-embracing approach here, mixing up funk, blues, African music, soul-jazz, bebop and ballads. He takes an equally sweeping approach to recruiting studio lineups, too: there are star appear... more info

Yazz Ahmed: Finding My Way Home – review

1144 days ago
Guardian Music(Suntara)An absorbing debut album by this young trumpeter-composer, perhaps a little too subdued in tone but packed with ideas. Of the 10 pieces, most are original, several based on what I take to be Middle Eastern scales or rhythms, and all impressi... more info

The greatest ever album covers

1153 days ago
Guardian MusicFrom Miles Davis to Manic Street Preachers, six readers tell us about their favourite album sleeve art – what's yours?Thomas Casagranda on Bitches Brew by Miles DavisMati Klarwein, the painter of the artwork, was a European Jewish refugee from ... more info

Ravi Coltrane: Spirit Fiction – review

1153 days ago
Guardian Music(Blue Note)A career on the saxophone with one of the most freethinking saxophonists in music history for a father has to be a tough call. Now 46, Ravi Coltrane, son of John, has often chosen to be a sympathetic sideman rather than the boss. But his B... more info

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