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Duw Duw, Just Peachy Records

The classical star landing a blow for brass

Thanks to the glamorous Alison Balsom, trumpet playing is shedding its stereotype as a fusty male domain

Album: Ambrose Akinmusire, When the Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note)

All hail the new star: 29-year old Californian trumpeter Akinmusire might not offer a new conception of jazz, but what he's doing with the old one is hard to beat.

Album: Miles Davis, Tutu (25th Anniversary Edition) (Warner Jazz)

In 1986, Tutu seemed proof of its creator's rejuvenation, reflected in Irving Penn's polished-icon pic of a freshly monkey-glanded Miles on the cover.

Album: Cuong Vu 4-Tet, Leaps of Faith (Origin Records)

Like Arve Henriksen, Seattle-based trumpeter Cuong Vu (he came to the US from Vietnam as a child) combines acoustic and electronic soundscapes in a manner that looks to the jazz future rather than the past.

Album: Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Faithful (ECM)

The third album by the three young Polish unpronounceables who used to back trumpeter Tomasz Stanko is close to a total triumph.

Album: Trumpets of Death, Teeth + Teeth = Teeths (Tin Angel)

On the intriguing Teeth + Teeth = Teeths, Leeds combo Trumpets Of Death investigate a niche, but potentially fruitful area where traditional folk music rubs up against avant-noise, post-rock textures.

Album: Matthew Halsall, On the Go (Gondwana)

The Manchester trumpeter's third album begins and ends with an up-tempo, hard-bop-played-fairly-softly, feel.

Album: Kenny Wheeler, One of Many (Camjazz)

Another addition to trumpeter Wheeler's late-period masterworks for this Italian label.

Verdi, Aida, Royal Opera House

David McVicar's darkly primitivist Aida was a necessary antidote to the whole tedious tradition of sub-De Mille spectacle in this piece.

The Horne Section, Lyric Theatre, London

There seems to be no end to the contexts in which people stage comedy. You can now have your laughs pretty much any which way: by the sea, in the air (BA are trying for a world record for highest comedy gig for Comic Relief) or, as well as all manner of site-specific events, merged with an array of musical stylings.

Album: Paolo Fresu, Mistico Mediterraneo (ECM)

The Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu is one of the great stars of European jazz, his Chet Baker-influenced style excelling in intimate, human-scale settings.

Album: Terry Edwards, Clichés (Sartorial)

Edwards is trumpeter-by-appointment to the alt-rock elite (he's worked with the likes of Siouxsie, Jerry Dammers and Madness), and best-known for his albums reinterpreting the works of Miles Davis, the Jesus and Mary Chain and the Fall.

London Symphony Orchestra/Alsop, Barbican Hall

It was extraordinary but not especially surprising how Gustav Mahler’s presence could loom so large in a concert containing not one single note of his music.

Album: Solomon Burke & De Dijk, Hold on Tight (The One/Universal)

Solomon Burke's final album was recorded in Belgium with De Dijk, the Dutch equivalent of The Dap-Tones, a showband devoted to the soul tradition.

Ashes Diary: Super Cooper blows his own trumpet

The Barmy Army is, quite understandably, not everyone's cup of tea or schooner of VB, but the England team claim to take heart from their ceaseless chanting.

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