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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: Bill Frisell, Sign of Life (Savoy)

Guitarist Frisell has been straddling the gap between bluegrass-picking and the plinky-plonk avant garde for years but this latest recording, the second with his 858 string quartet, marks a return to peak form. All 17 tunes are Frisell compositions but the band's extempore arrangements deliver intricately worked variations on fiddle and guitar breakdowns and big-vista American pastoralism, as well as a little bit of squeaky-gate improv. The sound sparkles like springwater.

Win a set of blues giants 3-CD sets

We've got five collections, each of three boxed sets, to give away. You can win oodles of music from the greatest periods of three blues giants on these new three-CD sets.

Michael 'Würzel' Burston: Guitarist who contributed some of Motörhead's finest rocking moments

Led by the ultimate rock'n'roll reprobate, the gruff-voiced bassist Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, Motörhead have been playing faster, heavier and louder than most of their heavy metal competitors for over 35 years now. Known to all the group's fans by his suitably umlaut-accented nickname, the guitarist "Würzel" – né Michael Burston – was a semi-professional musician whose take-no-prisoners approach to the instrument lived up to Kilmister's high expectations when he auditioned to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Brian Robertson, once of Thin Lizzy, in November 1983.

Former Motorhead guitarist dies

Former Motorhead guitarist Wurzel has died.

Caught & Social: Double joy for Ronnie Wood

Ronnie Wood’s night at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards was better than he realised.

Noel Gallagher''s new album is 'far out'

Noel Gallagher says his second solo album is "far out" with "space jazz" on it.

Album: Jolie Holland & the Grand Chandeliers, Pint of Blood (Anti-)

The Chandeliers are a duo of multi-instrumentalists augmented by guitarist Marc Ribot; Jolie Holland is a singer who obviously went to the same school of swallowed vocal contortion as Lucinda Williams.

Album: Vieux Farka Toure, The Secret (Six Degrees)

Guitarist Vieux Farka Touré here seeks to extend his Malian musical heritage beyond the country's borders, by collaborating with American musicians on several tracks – though never obscuring the native essence of his style.

Album: Pat Metheny, What's it all About (Nonesuch)

Bizarrely, star guitarist Metheny appears to be paying tribute to that bloke in the pizza restaurant who plays "The Girl from Ipanema" on Friday nights.

Album: JuJu, In Trance (Real World)

Now that guitarist Justin Adam and Gambian vocalist and ritti (one-stringed fiddle) player Juldeh Camara have got a sturdy backline of Billy Fuller on bass and Dave Smith on drums, the heady joyous racket they produce is as much rock as it is "world music".

Album: Duane Eddy, Road Trip (Mad Monkey)

The legendary twang guitarist's first album in 24 years mercifully contains none of the gimmicks used by his 1980s collaborators Art of Noise, just a timeless surf sound from producer, co-writer and obvious fan Richard Hawley.

The Naked and Famous, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Hyperbolically touted as a must-see for this year's summer festivals, New Zealand's newest, hottest, most exciting export The Naked and Famous are predictably not naked as they take to the Empire's stage in front of a hyper Friday-night crowd.

Album: Robbie Robertson, How to Become Clairvoyant (429)

On his first album in 13 years, Robbie Robertson resumes his fascination with the great American mythos.

Album: Marry Waterson & Oliver Knight, The Days that Shaped Me (One Little Indian)

The newest fold in the Waterson dynasty finds the late Lal's children exploring their place in the world with a suite of melancholy, poetic songs: unadorned, sometimes courtly, always hard to read.

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