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

Music & Me: Nitin Sawhney

The first record I bought was...

Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. I remember hearing "So What" on the radio when I was just eight years old and my dad was driving us up to London one night in the rain. Around that time I had been getting more and more into playing around with scales and improvising on the piano, so I was just really struck by American jazz pianist Bill Evans' way with harmony.

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'The team's demands for Yazoo and Benecol call to mind a six-year-old's requirements at school breaktime'

Leading article: A sting in the tail

You might be hard put to explain why it is, but Britons seem to have a fervent sympathy for bumblebees. Here are a few suggestions. They're furry and appear cuddly. (They remind us of mammals.) They're obviously hard working (no scroungers they). They're as much a part of our gardens as lawns. (Or they were.) Their first appearance is an unmistakable sign of the spring. (Or it was.) Their drowsy buzzing is one of the sounds of summer. (Or it should be.) They might only be the size of your thumbnail but they are among Britain's most popular creatures.

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Keith Shadwick reports on why the Mercury Prize nomination of the jazz outfit Polar Bear has met with a frosty reception

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The New Danger, GEFFEN

Talking Jazz

By Sholto Byrnes

Ashbells, London

Richard Johnson was looking for soul food and a place to eat, but the American Southern Regional cuisine at Ashbells caused a certain amount of discomfort

Herbie Hancock, Barbican, London

Herbie gets lost in his own groove

Herbie Hancock, The Barbican

'Playing the moment' does little to help the audience

Kelly Joe Phelps, Jazz Café, London

Blues crafted with a care

Jazz Albums Round-up

So What: the life of Miles Davis by John Szwed

Was the king of cool just a mixer of other people's sounds? Brian Morton revisits a jazz legend

Jazz albums round up

Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove; Yaya3; Bill Wells Trio
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