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Robbie Williams is getting back into the swing of things with a new album mixing cover versions of classics and his own songs.

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Thursday Book: The music of the mavericks

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Words: Square, n. and adj.

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Obituary: Red Norvo

THE XYLOPHONE is the most impersonal of all instruments. Its hushed tones allow little expression of emotion; it belongs to the lowbrow world of conjurers and poodles that do tricks on their hind legs. Or it did, until Red Norvo came along and seized the instrument by whatever it is you seize xylophones by.

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