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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.

Album: Jeff Beck, Emotion & Commotion (Atco)

Jeff Beck has to be the most eclectic of the great guitar heroes, rarely restricting himself to a single mode across an entire album, yet without once abandoning the signature touches that enable one to recognise his hand the moment it strays across the strings.

Micky Jones: Lead guitarist and mainstay of the Welsh band Man

The Welsh band Man are the closest Britain has come to the free-wheeling spirit of the psychedelic groups that came out of San Francisco in the mid-1960s, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Formed in Swansea in 1968, Man have gone through a multitude of line-ups, with Micky Jones, guitarist and founder member, the only constant.

Album: Ellie Goulding, Lights (Polydor)

If Goulding looked a little awkward as she stepped up to receive the Critics' Choice award at The Brits, it's perhaps because the Herefordshire lass knew that she wasn't ready for it.

Pat Metheny, Barbican Hall, London

Time to pull the plug on this tousle-haired mechanic

Album: Erland and the Carnival, EATC, (Full Time Hobby)

There are those artists who hate it when reviewers do that Beatles meets ELO thing.

My Fantasy Band: Example

Vocals and guitar - Jack White
He's one of my favourite artists of the last 10 years. I loved Horehound last year. He's got a really interesting voice and mind boggling lyrics.

It Might Get Loud (PG)

Plectrums at the ready: this hagiography of three guitar heroes will have axe-aficionados everywhere striking a pose in the name of amplified rock.

Yvonne King Burch

Yvonne King Burch, who died in Santa Barbara, California after a fall on 20 December aged 89, gained early fame as one of the singing King Sisters in the big-band era and later brought her extended musical clan into show business as the King Family.

Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Dynamic duo win more hearts

Album: James Blood Ulmer, In and Out (In And Out Records)

Almost 30 years since his unlikely post-punk semi-hit Are You Glad to Be in America?, guitarist/ vocalist Ulmer sounds like an even bluesier version of his former self, oddly accented rhythmic flurries poised somewhere between Ornette Coleman and Jimi Hendrix.

Album: Rodrigo y Gabriela, 11:11, (Rubyworks)

Those of us who witnessed the emergence of this Mexican guitar duo 10 years ago knew instantly they would hit the heights.

Police called to Rolling Stones' guitarist Ronnie Wood's house

Police were called to reports of a bust-up at Rolling Stones' guitarist Ronnie Wood's house, Scotland Yard said today.

Album: The Cribs, Ignore the Ignorant (Wichita)

Last heard wielding guitar for American alt.rockers Modest Mouse a year or two ago, Johnny Marr continues his outreach programme dedicated to bringing a touch of intrigue and style to otherwise unremarkable indie rockers by now turning up as the second guitarist in The Cribs.

Album: Robben Ford, Soul on Ten (Concord)

Can the blues changeand still be the blues?Guitarist's guitaristRobben Ford ratherhedges his bets on thismainly live set, offeringcontemporary songs thatextend familiar conventions,as in the rockingwah-wah funk of theopener "Super-natural",and a rather by-roterespect for the tradition,evident in a merelygeneric version of"Spoonful" and some lessthan inspired boogie.Watching the sweat rolldown the walls in a club,this would be serviceable.At home, the 10 tracksdrag.

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?