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The Miles Davis standard “So What” has been a modal jazz touchstone for 55 years, providing the harmonic canvas for myriad improvisations and reinterpretations.

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Pop: So phar, so good

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Going Out: Pop: massive attack

December is marked by several big names going out on arena tours. While some of these (Tom Jones, UB40 and the unnecessary return of Culture Club) are at best nostalgia fests and at worst mere excuses for companies to use their hospitality budgets, Bristol's Massive Attack (right) do offer an alternative. This is the first time that they'll be touring the Mezzanine album, and, while venues of this size are impersonal, their urban sound is rich enough to permeate the entire venue.

Classical: Fame was the only spur

Gerard Presencer was paid only pounds 300 for his now-famous solo on Cantaloop - but it made his name.

Pop: The rebirth of the cool

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Blair pledges boost to NHS

A MULTI-billion pound cash injection into the National Health Service was agreed last week, after a meeting between Tony Blair and Chancellor Gordon Brown. The extra cash, expected to amount to between pounds 10bn and pounds 16bn over three years, has been promised in a letter to Cabinet colleagues and will be linked directly to the modernisation of the NHS.

Pop: Rap's coming home

DE LA SOUL JAZZ CAFe LONDON

Rap you could take your mother to see

First Night: De La Soul Jazz Cafe London

Letter: Foggy logic

I FIND it difficult to understand why motorists "think they are driving far more slowly than they actually are in foggy conditions" (report, 2 April) and that this is held to be responsible for many of the accidents which occur in foggy weather, when they have only to glance at their speedometer. The fog is outside the vehicle, not inside.

Interview: Carleen Anderson - The soul diva of Surrey

In the States, she shared a stage with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. But it is since settling in England that Carleen Anderson has found solo success, a passionate following - and a place to call home

Review: Carnival comes to Camden Town

Pop: Smoke City

Pop: The golden wonder of Omar

Omar Lye Fook ignores the labels and categories that the music industry tries to foist upon him. His new single, a superbly orchestrated version of The Stranglers hit `Golden Brown', confirms his ability to stand out from the crowd. But, as James McNair d

JAZZ US3 Jazz Cafe, London

"You're late! Get on with it!" To rile the Jazz Cafe cappuccino kids takes some doing, but US3 took to the stage confident that they would be forgiven for this delay and the four-year wait for Broadway and 52nd, the follow-up to Hand on the Torch.

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The Essential 97 Weekender (2-3 Aug) in London's Finsbury Park plays host to more than 100 acts and DJs who will perform over the two days. There will be six separate dance arenas, each housed in a circus big top, and music for all tastes, from the enthusiastic drum'n'bassers, to the brassic beaters, dubsters and jazz lovers.
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