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This fine if elusive novel about a jazz giant echoes his art in both its style and its story-telling

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The third album by the three young Polish unpronounceables who used to back trumpeter Tomasz Stanko is close to a total triumph.

Album: Miles Davis, Bitches Brew Live (Columbia)

The two concerts featured on this album – from the Newport Jazz Festival in 1969 and the Isle Of Wight Festival a year later – capture Davis on the cusp of creating another jazz revolution.

Album: Aethenor, En Form for Bla (VHF)

A quartet of avantly inclined souls – including Derek Bailey's drum chum Steve Noble and Stephen O'Malley, guitarist in Sunn0))) – getting into some sort of weird anti-groove live in Oslo.

Album: Terry Edwards, Clichés (Sartorial)

Edwards is trumpeter-by-appointment to the alt-rock elite (he's worked with the likes of Siouxsie, Jerry Dammers and Madness), and best-known for his albums reinterpreting the works of Miles Davis, the Jesus and Mary Chain and the Fall.

Cultural Life: Femi Kuti, musician

Music: I always listen to the great old jazz artists such as John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. They are my constant companions and inspiration as their music drives me to practice more, to try to perfect my art. I also listen to bands like Vampire Weekend, who are listening to Afrobeat and reinterpreting it for new audiences.

League of gentlemen: How to get the effortlessly cool style of Paul Newman and Steve McQueen

Aspire to the effortlessly cool style of Steve McQueen? As the authors of a new book explain, there's a lot of detail to obsess over before you can get the Ivy League look today

Album: Miles Davis, Bitches Brew Legacy Edition (Sony Legacy)

Miles had already broached the matter on In A Silent Way, but this was a far more unruly beast, with John McLaughlin's steely guitar lines cutting across the miasmic electric piano lines of Joe Zawinul and Chick Corea, and Miles's trumpet sharing stagefront duties with the sax of wingman Wayne Shorter, the whole thing driven by a massive drum including Jack DeJohnette and Billy Cobham.

Twenty-One Locks, By Laura Barton

This is what he hated about the North: this eeh-by-gumming and hotpot suppers." This North stinks of chip fat, the houses are damp, cans of pop in café refrigerators are dusty. At the hairdressers you're offered tatty, tea-stained magazines, in which all the wordsearches have already been done.

Philip Larkin - Rhythm and rhyme

A new box set of Philip Larkin's favourite jazz focuses on the pre-war trad he adored – but the poet was no musical stick-in-the- mud. In fact, says Sholto Byrnes, he was one of our most incisive jazz critics

Album: Solus 3, The Sky Above the Roof (Solus 3)

They don't come any more uncategorisable than this.

Album: Barney Wilen and His AFRB, Dear Prof Leary (MPS)

Completely mad 1968 European free-jazz/acid rock mash-up, with French saxophonist Wilen (he played with Miles Davis) leading a double trio – one jazz, one rock – with Joachim Kuhn on keyboards and Aldo Romano on drums among the musicians.

Dylan Jones: 'Last.fm has started dictating the soundtrack of my life'

If the prefix du jour in the Eighties was "designer", and if the prefix du jour in the last decade was "luxury", then the current prefix with the most traction is "bespoke". Bespoke clothes. Bespoke music. Television. Holidays. Food. Books. Magazines. For many of us the world looks like a very different place to the one we knew only five years ago. And thanks to the joys of ABC (Automatic Bespoke Culture), it will look even more different in five minutes time.

An eye for a sound: Portraits of jazz musicians throughout history

Richard Young Gallery is launching a new exhibition of portraits by photographer Tim Motion.

Album: Dave Stapleton Quintet, Between the Lines (Edition)

The pianist Dave Stapleton may have the name of a suburban postman but he knows how to shape a 21st-century modern-jazz unit.

Lives Remembered: Gillie Johnson

Gillie Johnson, who died on 17 January aged 61 from pancreatic cancer, was a mentor, advisor, and friend to hundreds of people in the voluntary sector. A love of music, a commitment to social justice, and an expansive and varied community of friends and neighbours were central to Gillie's childhood in Wimbledon – she was born on 3 April 1948 – and remained central for the rest of her life.

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