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The late Ravi Shankar became known in the West through his association with The Beatles. But there was far more to the man George Harrison called the "godfather" of world music. He was a champion of crossover in its fullest sense. His sitar spoke to all our souls.

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Terry Wogan has a lot to answer for. Thanks to his 1982 chart hit with The Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, "The Floral Dance", brass band music was until recently about as trendy as your dad disco-dancing.

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Jazz: This isn't jazz. This is just terrible telly

"WELCOME to Jazz Club. Nice!" In the wake of The Fast Show's wickedly funny skit in which a bouffant-haired, Seventies-suited compere introduces incomprehensible acts with self-regarding, in-for-a-dig asides to-camera ("Amazing!"), Jazz 606 (BBC 2, Wed) was always going to have a hard time taking itself seriously. If only they'd been bold enough to get Jazz Club's fictitious frontman to present their own programme, the format could maybe have worked. As it is, the series (two down, four to go) is unlikely to please either committed fans or the promiscuous channel- surfers it's probably aimed at. And let's face it, even an actor in a bad wig would be preferable to the presenter they have chosen to go with, the Mancunian poet Lemn Sissay.

Jazz: Miles and Miles and Miles ...

"You get the right guys to play the right things at the right time and you got a motherfucker," Miles Davis said of the highly innovative and cohesive quintet he led between 1964 and 1968. Now comes the definitive collection of this period of his intense musical growth: The Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-68: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings. Following in the wake of Miles Davis and Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings, which won an unprecedented three Grammy awards, this boxed set of six CDs collects all the group's work, with the exception of their live recordings, and amounts to a colossal 440 minutes of music.

Jazz: Jazz, the art of harmony

George Russell and the Living Time Orchestra Barbican Centre, London

Arts: Lydian modes and all that jazz

Phil Johnson meets George Russell, the man who taught Miles Davis his scales

Music: Five on five ultimately comes alive

Take Nicholas Payton, George Benson, Ray Brown, Chick Corea and Wayne Shorter, add them to the music of Clifford Brown, Wes Montgomery, Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell and Lester Young respectively, and you have a relationship which is, to say the least, intriguing.

Music: Classical: Last of the angry young men

The Music of DC Heath

Music: Coltrane, Mayfield... Terry Callier?

Just a few years ago, Chicago's Terry Callier had given up on a once promising soul/jazz career and was working as a computer programmer - then along came an eager new generation of British DJs and fans and the rest, as they say, is history.

Jazz: The timeless appeal of the music box

Jazz CD box sets

The Critics: Yeoh! Piano for the 21st century

She's avant-garde, sparky and charming. She does jazz-piano impros round the 'Magic Roundabout' theme. Phil Johnson meets Nikki Yeoh

Jazz: In memory of the Blue Notes

Contemporary Music Network: Ingoma and Mujician Arnolfini, Bristol

Jazz: Blues skies over Soho

Today sees Soho's yearly jazz festival kick off with a midday `jazz in the street fest' in Soho Square. With a line up that spans big- band to acid-jazz, sidewalk cafe punters will be playing musical chairs all week

Music - Jazz: Capturing the real stuff on the hoof

A young jazz enthusiast who made illicit recordings of John Coltrane's live sets in the 1940s harnessed the spirit of a movement. That pursuit of spontaneity is what makes a new jazz CD collection so covetable.

Network: Now the Web is singing

Flabberghasted? You soon will be, if high-quality audio becomes a feature of CD-Roms and the Internet, says Sophia Chauchard-Stuart
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