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Andy Sheppard, Bath; London | McCoy Tyner, on tour

Andy Sheppard, Bath; London

When he broke on to the scene in the 1980s, British saxophonist Andy Sheppard was an exciting but conventional postbop virtuoso. He subsequently explored everything from big band music to fusion, but as he grew closer to Jan Garbarek's tonal nuance and away from postbop's restless virtuosity, Sheppard became a linchpin of international bands led by legends like Carla Bley. Nowadays, he can fascinate a room with little more than the shifting hues of a single long note, or the tantalising expectation of a sudden haunting cry bursting out of an extended murmur. His collaboration with imaginative percussionist Kuljit Bhamra - a hypnotic exercise - features on the closing stages of the Bath International Jazz weekender, and on Friday's Jazzwise gig exploring jazz and Indian crossovers. A fruitful pairing with jazz/contemporary-classical saxist Dan Stern drives Thursday's Pizza Express show.

· Invention Studios, Bath, Tue 27; Pizza Express Jazz Club, W1, Thu 29, Fri 30

McCoy Tyner, on tour

McCoy Tyner, the legendary jazz pianist, could have sat on the laurels of his contribution to the 1960s John Coltrane Quartet. Joe Lovano, the great contemporary saxophonist who joins Tyner's powerful trio on this UK tour, could easily have done that too - but neither Tyner nor Lovano would have considered it. Tyner moved away from the restless odysseys of his late boss toward a more exultant, improv-led music. Lovano moved from swing bands to an intuitive looseness. The two will concoct an elegant yet hard-driving jazz.

· The Forum, Bath, Mon 26; Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Tue 27; The Sage, Gateshead, Thu 29; Ronnie Scott's, W1, Fri 30


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