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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.

Lloyd Brevett: Bassist with the Skatalites, originators of ska

The ska form was conceived by Brevett and his peers in the run-up to Jamaican independence

Bert Weedon wrote the best-selling 'Play In A Day' guitar books

Giants of rock bid farewell to father of all guitar heroes

Tributes pour in for Bert Weedon, the British musician whose tutorials inspired a generation

'Fender was too clean...': Marshall with his amps in 1999

Jim Marshall: Guitar amp pioneer who earned the epithet 'Father of Loud'

In the mid-1960s, the emergence of the powerful Marshall amplifiers enabled musicians to turn up the volume – and effectively transformed pop music into rock.

Jim Marshall launched his amplifier in 1965 and saw it conquer the world

Farewell to the 'Father of Loud' – it's been a blast

The rock world has promised to "crank it up to 11" to mark the death of Jim Marshall, the "Father of Loud", whose groundbreaking amplifiers gave the gift of extreme volume to generations of guitar heroes.

Album: The Futureheads, Rant (Nul)

Kudos to The Futureheads for attempting Rant, an entirely a cappella album of R&B covers, traditional folk songs and rearranged morsels from their back catalogue.

Man About Town: Talking cheese with Alex James

The Blur bassist is shining a light on British products and traditional skills
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Brian May - He will rock you

Queen's Brian May talks to film composer David Arnold about music and movies

BBC 6 Music, 10th Birthday, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Steve Lamacq wiped tears from his eyes before he walked on-stage and recalled the “emotional three months” when it seemed the radio station he works for would never reach its tenth birthday, which was celebrated tonight, as the BBC planned 6 Music’s death.

Keith Richards says sorry to Mick Jagger

Keith Richards has apologised to Rolling Stones bandmate Mick Jagger and admitted some parts of his autobiography "really offended" the singer.

Keith Richards has raised the bar with his landmark memoir Life

Keith Richards apologises to Mick Jagger for book offence

Keith Richards has apologised to bandmate Mick Jagger and admitted some parts of his autobiography Life "really offended" the singer.

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SBTRKT, Koko, London

You're never too posh to mosh. Just ask the 6th Laird of Lochbuie and his chums

Album: Mauro Giuliani, Country Dances, Études & Rossiniana (Newton Classics)

One normally thinks of the celebrated Spaniards when considering classical guitar music, but the 19th-century Italian Mauro Giuliani was highly regarded as a virtuoso and a composer.

The Jezabels, Koko, London

With each soaring, emotive note, Hayley Mary makes up for Australian rock’s long-standing lack of strong female singers. Despite her pixie dimensions, The Jezabels’ vocalist commands the stage with an easy authority. No wonder they have the confidence to play by their own rules.

Last bow for Blur at Brits

Blur star Alex James says there is a feeling that the band may be about to take their "last bow", ahead of their reunion at tomorrow night's Brits.

Last bow for Blur at Brit awards?

Blur star Alex James says there is a feeling that the band may be about to take their "last bow", ahead of their reunion at tomorrow night's Brits.

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