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Duw Duw, Just Peachy Records

Album: Pat Metheny, Unity Band (Nonesuch)

A partial return to top form for the widdly-diddly axe-meister.

Album: Patti Smith, Banga (Columbia)

Patti Smith's latest album, her best in a while, is held together by a spine of pieces themed around exploration, from the culture-shock encounter of "Amerigo", through the cosmic awe of "Tarkovsky (The Second Stop Is Jupiter)" and the aesthetic strivings of "Constantine's Dream", to her lovely version of Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush", with children being rocketed off to seek fertile new planets.

DVD/Blu-ray: The Sting (PG)

Robert Redford and Paul Newman repeated the chemistry they established in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with this hugely enjoyable con-man caper from 1973.

Observations: Back in the driving seat and geared up for a sequel

The American crime writer James Sallis – whose novel Drive was turned into the 2011 Hollywood film with Ryan Gosling – faced a welcome complication when he set about writing the just-released sequel, Driven.

Tim Walker: Blame the music, not Graham Norton

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The Great Escape, Various Venues, Brighton

The Great Escape, Brighton’s answer to Texas’s South-by-Southwest festival, has grown at an alarming rate in its six-year existence.

Last night's viewing - Small Teen Turns 18, BBC3; Britain Beware, ITV1

Jazz has a lot of people in her life who seem eager to big her up, which is handy because there are several reasons why she might need a boost. The very least of them curiously is Jazz's size, the result of an unspecified form of dwarfism.

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

Album: Various Artists, The Leopard Lounge Box Set (Warner Jazz)

Do you remember lounge? No matter if you don't, for it wasn't much good: cocktails and crooners, mainly.

Here Comes Everybody: The Story of The Pogues, By James Fearnley

The beat of the Irish diaspora, via King's Cross

Album: Jeb Loy Nichols, The Jeb Loy Nichols (Special Decca)

Jeb Loy Nichols's work has secured critical acclaim but not commercial success, a frustrating equation reflected in his frequent switches of label.

Hal McKusick: Cerebral jazz saxist and composer

The prolific recording career of Hal McKusick escaped the notice of most jazz listeners, yet the people who worked for him in the studios included such eminent men as Gil Evans, George Russell, Al Cohn, Jimmy Giuffre, Ernie Wilkins and Bill Evans. Although he was a musical revolutionary and composer in the manner of Dave Brubeck or Gil Evans, McKusick never made it to the top, although he remained in the middle for an extraordinary number of years.

Chick Corea and Gary Burton at the Barbican, London

“We knew we’d get you with that one,” claims Chick Corea after sustained applause for “Eleanor Rigby”, a track that’s been covered over 140 times by such luminaries as Shirley Bassey, Ray Charles and Ethel the Frog.

How jazz secretly invaded pop

Radiohead's live drummer and Adele's pianist are jazz stars. They tell Nick Hasted how go-to players are restoring the genre's links to the mainstream

Album: Chick Corea & Gary Burton, Hot House (Concord)

Historic reunion of the piano and vibes duo-masters starts unpromisingly on a hit-you-over-the-head-with-a-mallet version of "Eleanor Rigby", but recovers with gorgeous treatments of Weill's "My Ship" and Jobim's "Once I Loved".

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