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So, what do Mahavishnu Orchestra, Frank Zappa, Stéphane Grappelli, Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke, Bela Fleck and Elton John have in common? Trivial Pursuit question from hell that one eh? If you said Jean-Luc Ponty then grab a piece of pie (if you have never played Trivial Pursuit then just get some pie from the fridge), and give yourself a hearty slap on the back. Yup J-L P has played with all of the above, and a good many more, being one of the pre-eminent Violin virtuosos of his generation, reason enough to talk to the man we'd say, but he has also just linked up with TM-O fave and ex-Yes front-man Jon Anderson in the AndersonPonty Band (whose new album Better Late Than Never is out right now) so we decided that must be some kind of sign and sent a pile of questions for his perusal...
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Track Of The Year

Lars and Martin Horntvedt and Mathias Eick. It's not often that one single track bonds the entire TM-Towers team into a homogenous whole rather than a group of bickering duffers obsessed with 'their' music, but Jaga Jazzist actually managed such a feat this year with the utterly gobsmacking prog-jazz breakbeat lunacy of 'Starfire' (from the album of the same name), and then went one stage further and recreated it better live for a radio broadcast in the US - just watch the grin-inducing wired intensity of drummer Martin Horntvedt...
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Song Every Month?

Prints Jackson Things we really like part, erm, let's say fourteen. Prints Jackson has decided to not only give his music away for free but has also vowed to do so at monthly intervals until the day he dies! Needless to say our immediate reaction was 'the music must be bloody awful', only it's not (Pavement, Clark and Beck spring to mind),in fact the quality rate for 19 songs in 19 months (thus far), is frankly remarkable, so do yourself a favour and check out the latest offering below (and then head back and get all the others)...
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Best of 2015

top twenty albums 2015 Another year another avalanche of repackaged old record company goods (some of 'em pretty good to be scrupulously fair), but in amongst the re-masters and re-releases there are still plenty of 'new' releases to entice and excite (plus depress and disappoint, but we have no interest in those), and so we come to that time of year once again where we look back over the year and then cherry pick the 20 best new releases just for you so that you know what to listen to without wading through the dross.
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Class Act A regular retrospective look at the most influential acts of the last fifty years.
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