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Kevin Eubanks: East West Time Line

The Tonight Show guitarist is back to jazz most certainly, putting two bands into action: one on original tunes and the other on creative covers.

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The Como Mamas: Move Upstairs

Brooklyn, New York meets Como, Mississippi in this treasure of auditory bliss.

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17 May 2017 // 12:30 PM

Make America Cool Again

Joel Dinerstein's The Origins of Cool in Postwar America is an oddly reassuring handbook for the future of resistance

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Adolescent Awakening: KC and the Sunshine Band’s “Get Down Tonight”

In 1975, an aimless teenager goes to an obscure discothèque in Boston and discovers “Get Down Tonight” -- just the kind of funk he's looking for.

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Tenelle - “Set Me Free” (video) (premiere)

Soul/reggae singer Tenelle drapes her music in the warm Pacific Island climes on her latest single "Set Me Free".

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15 May 2017 // 9:09 AM

Five Alarm Funk: Sweat

Sweat is a solid blast of fun that shows why Five Alarm Funk, on album number six and decade number two, are still a force with which to be reckoned.

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Jenny Scheinman: Here on Earth

The 15 tracks here take the listener on an aural journey to the gritty past where the connections between being brave and realistic, courageous and coarse, liquored up and stone sober, are all part of the continuum of daily life.

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Passing Masters of Jazz: Arthur Blythe and Larry Coryell

Jazz long ago lost its early geniuses of swing and bebop. Now masters from the '70s and onward are starting to pass, too. Remembering Arthur Blythe and Larry Coryell.

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Mary J. Blige Is Back to Form on Her Latest Album, ‘Strength of a Woman’, Baring Her Soul

Blige has made it her ministry to navigate the depths of despair and confront emotional trauma through her music.

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Violinist Regina Carter Explores the Beauty of Ella Fitzgerald’s Music

Carter’s new recording pays homage to the supreme vocalist, who -- at first glance -- might not seem to have been an obvious influence on the world’s pre-eminent jazz violinist.

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10 May 2017 // 10:04 AM

Zeshan B: Vetted

Rooted in protest, Vetted depicts life as a Muslim and Indian-American in the Trump era.

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Avery*Sunshine: Twenty Sixty Four

Avery*Sunshine focuses on the power of love and relationships on Twenty Sixty Four, her sophomore project for Shanachie.

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Gary Clark Jr.: Live/North America 2016

Gary Clark Jr. continually sharpens the core of what he does without losing the musical curiosity that makes him an engaging artist.

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Mack Keane ‘2107’ EP (premiere)

You can hear a bit of Jamie Lidell and even Bruno Mars in Mack Keane's soul-pop sound, but it's clear from his debut effort he's carving out a sound all his own.

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Linda May Han Oh: Walk Against Wind

On her fourth album as a leader, one of the best young bass players in music provides equally superb compositions that use silence and texture with the wisdom of an elder.

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1 May 2017 // 9:50 AM

Miles Okazaki: Trickster

The jazz guitarist has made his best record, marrying the Steve Coleman sensibility with so many other influences and serving up songs for an ideal quartet featuring Craig Taborn, Sean Rickman, and Anthony Tidd.

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Colin Stetson: All This I Do For Glory

On his most recent release, Stetson produces some of the most intense expressions of his virtuosity.

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All This I Do for Glory: An Interview With Saxophonist Colin Stetson

Extreme soul searching leads sax stylist Colin Stetson towards the very core of his creativity.

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Remembering Prince’s Greatest Epic: 30 Years of  “Sign ‘O’ The Times”

One year after Prince's shocking death, we celebrate his greatest musical achievement as it passes its 30-year anniversary: Sign ☮ the Times

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Sun Ra and His Arkestra: Thunder of the Gods

Fifty years after their recording, we can finally hear some of Sun Ra's strangest and most complex compositions.

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Supernatural Sets the Stage for Season Finalé With “There's Something About Mary”

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"A busy episode in which at least one character dies, two become puppets, and three are trapped and left for dead in an unlikely place.

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