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

Ravi the son breaks free

First Night; Ravi Coltrane Group Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Words: vines, n.

PUNNING NAMES for shops should be a capital offence. Hairdressers ("The Mane Event") and chiropodists ("Feetures") are particularly guilty. More stylish will be my new, upscale chain: Vines. No, this is not an entrant in the wine market, but a men's outfitters - and a tribute to Miles Davis. According to Amiri Baraki (the poet LeRoi Jones), "old-time Miles Davis worshippers have always dug Davis's vines" - that is, the clothes which hung impeccably upon him, those which he sported before they took as wild a turn as his music.

From the erotic to domestic, John Lennon's private sketches finally find an audience

INTIMATE - and on occasion too intimate - artworks by some of the best known musicians of the century went on show at a gallery yesterday. The exhibition included seven erotic lithographs by John Lennon.

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see all that jazz

Cover magazine specialises in reprinting some of the best in photo- journalism from the world's media. Its July issue is no different with a celebration of some of the coolest images from jazz giants from the last 65 years. A parallel exhibition at the Hulton Getty Picture Gallery, includes never-before-seen images of Lena Horne, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong (above), Miles Davis and Billie Holliday. The oldest picture, of Cab Calloway, dates to 1934.

Jazz: Where there's muck

A whole band of tubas is set to blow through London next week. John L Walters sounds a high note for the lowest of the brass

Jazz: Who glows there?

Phil Johnson hears the 'Afterglow' soundtrack burning bright

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.

Arts: Lydian modes and all that jazz

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


1 Blue For You - The Very Best Of NINA SIMONE



Interview: Jazz queen trumpets beginning of a new era

Big bands have become musical dinosaurs says Phil Johnson but all that could change with the music of Maria Schneider who comes to the Barbican this week breathing new life into orchestral jazz

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