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It says a lot about how seriously people take the Grammy Awards that a video of Taylor Swift's performance of All Too Well has attracted around 180,000 views, while a 28-second clip of it complete with high kicks from Street Fighter's Ryu has already clocked over 2.2 million.

The Jazz Standards: a Guide to the Repertoire, By Ted Gioia. Oxford, £25

Apart from his elegant prose style, the first thing you notice about Ted Gioia's approach to his subject is that the music clearly gives him no end of pleasure. That might seem an obvious point, except that anyone familiar with jazz criticism will know that the Californian is actually something of a rarity. Many of his peers tend to be either stamp collectors or commissars. The former are hoarders of arcane detail; the latter more interested in maintaining the purity of the art form by dispatching imaginary enemies.

Bat for Lashes, Picture House, Edinburgh

“How are you?” asked Natasha Khan tentatively at one point midway through her set, one of the first of a UK tour in support of her recently-released third album The Haunted Man. “Not too sad?” Anything but.

Album: Manu Katché, Manu Katché (ECM)

French drummer Katché has replaced Jason Rebello and Pino Palladino with a Hammond organ (played by Jim Watson), and reunited saxophonist Tore Brunborg with trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, with whom he played in Masqualero three decades ago.

Album: Matthew Halsall, Fletcher Moss Park (Gondwana)

Trumpeter Halsall is one of the success stories of new British jazz, and this fourth album for his own label offers both continuity and development.

Aiden McGeady battles for the ball with Simun Samuelsen

Album: 'Stoneface' Stabbins, Transcendental (Noetic)

Saxophonist Larry Stabbins (of Weekend and Working Week) follows up his futuristic Stonephace album with a superb slice of old-school spiritual jazz.

Album: Diana Krall, Glad Rag Doll (Verve)

Glad Rag Doll features exactly the same producer and rhythm section as the Lisa Marie Presley album, but to different ends.

Album: Hélène Grimaud & Sol Gabetta, Duo (Deutsche Grammophon)

Cellist Sol Gabetta's playing, according to pianist Hélène Grimaud, is characterised by the “light and warmth and vitality” indicated by her first name, qualities not often associated with the instrument.

Akram Khan: Desh, Sadler's Wells, London
Richard Alston At Home, Robin Howard Dance Theatre, London

Loving tribute to family, history, and the birth of a nation

Album: Lawson Trio The Long Way Home Prima Facie bbb

The debut release from the Lawson Trio comprises world-premiere performances of contemporary works by such as Anthony Powers, David Knotts and Mark-Anthony Turnage, putting the young piano trio through the full gamut of techniques and textures.

Album: Lawson Trio, The Long Way Home (Prima Facie)

The debut release from the Lawson Trio comprises world-premiere performances of contemporary works by such as Anthony Powers, David Knotts and Mark-Anthony Turnage, putting the young piano trio through the full gamut of techniques and textures.

Album: Beth Orton, Sugaring Season (Anti-)

Beth Orton's first album for six years is an elegant affair, whose ruminations are given pleasing lustre by Tucker Martine, the production polisher of folk-rockers The Decemberists.

Masterstrokes: piano pupil Jane Garvey

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Compared to wrestling with a cello, women could still look pretty while they were playing the piano

Album: The Feldman Soloists, Crippled Symmetry: at June In Buffalo (Frozen Reeds)

Performed by Morton Feldman's original ensemble at a posthumous celebration of his work held at the 2000 season of June in Buffalo – the annual new-music festival he established in 1975 – this version of his classic "Crippled Symmetry" perfectly captures the poise at the heart of his music.

Album: John Cage, As It Is (ECM New Series)

The flood of releases marking Cage's centenary continues with this excellent selection of early works played by pianist Alexei Lubimov and singer Natalia Pschenitschnikova, who have been performing his music since the time it outraged the Russian establishment in the '60s and '70s.

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