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How jazz secretly invaded pop music

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The Four Tops / The Temptations, 02 Arena, London

In jazz they’re called ghost bands: the eerily deathless, headless groups of a Basie or Mingus, allowing the late leader’s music to still be played.

Album: Gotye, Making Mirrors (Island)

Belgian/Australian singer Gotye's music has the dense, occasionally cluttered manner of the obsessive bedroom producer – or in his case, the barn-based musical obsessive, the album having been put together in an isolated outbuilding.

Album: Jasmine Kara, Blues Ain't Nothing But a Good Woman Gone Bad (Acid Jazz)

When Swedish-Iranian singer Jasmine Kara relocated to New York, she found her homeland of the soul – not to mention an influential advocate in music-biz legend Marshall Chess, who considered her "the real deal".

The Horrors, Academy, Oxford
Lianne La Havas, The Social, London

This band is now so good that our critic is prepared to put its background of privilege to one side; plus, a new soulstress

Album: Luis Gasca, Collage (BGP)

First time on CD for a 1976 Fantasy recording by cult trumpeter Gasca, who also played with Carlos Santana and Van Morrison (on Tupelo Honey).

Lisa Hannigan

My Fantasy Band: Lisa Hannigan

Profile: Diana Ross

Stoke defenders appeal for offside after Sergio Aguero's first goal

Mancini savours festive joy at top of the tree

Manchester City 3 Stoke City 0

Album: The Temptations, 50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1961-1971 (Hip-O Select)

The Temptations were the most significant '60s root of the close-harmony boy-band style that has come to dominate R&B, their voices combining with creamy smoothness, their intricately-choreographed steps the envy of less nimble outfits.

Alex Clare

My Fantasy Band: Alex Clare

Drums - Ginger Baker
I think we need to go with a vintage drummer such as Ginger Baker, who played in bands like Cream and Blind Faith, because he was a machine. There's no other word for it. I used to play drums, it was the first instrument I learnt, and although I never really got into Cream that much, I used to drum along to what he was doing on record because I thought he was great.

Gray had a voice like Sam Cooke's, though he could also rasp

Dobie Gray: Singer best known for 'The In Crowd'

There have been wonderful, anthemic records about the beneficial powers of popular music – Chuck Berry's "Rock And Roll Music" (1957), Cliff Richard's "Move It!" (1958), Danny and the Juniors' "Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay" (1958), the Showmen's "It Will Stand" (1961), John Miles' "Music" (1976), the Who's "Long Live Rock" (1974) – but there are not many of them. However, Dobie Gray is associated with two such celebrations – "The In Crowd" (1965) and "Drift Away" (1973):

Gary Speed's widow Louise with their son in the stands yesterday

Family, friends and fans join in tribute to Gary Speed

A ceremony at Leeds United's ground and a record by Stereophonics frontman honour the Wales manager

Will and I with my birthday cake. There wasn't room for 63 candles

Briefly: Esther Gordy Edwards

Esther Gordy Edwards, who died on 24 August at the age of 91, was known as "the Mother of Motown", writes Pierre Perrone, not only to her brother Berry Gordy Jr, the founder of the label that defined the Sixties as much as The Beatles, but also to artists like Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes, whom she chaperoned on tour.

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