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12 Feb 2016 // 10:28 AM

Mavis Staples Brings the Joy, But It’s Complicated

Mavis Staples: “I’ve been making people cry down through the years, and this time I wanted to make them smile.”

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‘Sun Ra: a Joyful Noise’ and the Joy of Ra’s Mythocracy

This film serves as an excellent way to try to begin to comprehend the enigma that was Sun Ra.

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The Hot 8 Brass Band: Vicennial: 20 Years of the Hot 8 Brass Band

A nicely rounded collection of the old and new on a collection that teeters on flawed, then bounces back with high energy and deep musicianship.

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Hangin’ Loose: Exploring British Soul in the Music of Loose Ends

Loose Ends cultivated an art in supreme sophistication with their groundbreaking experiments in British soul and R&B during the '80s. Decades later, their music remains as potent as it was when it first graced the airwaves and clubs of both the UK and US.

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9 Feb 2016 // 2:30 AM

Future: EVOL

EVOL doesn’t stand up to Future's critical peaks, but this could easily be seen as but a release to tide fans over before the next blockbuster.

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Gogo Penguin: Man Made Object

Gogo Penguin’s debut on Blue Note is a relentless, electronic-influenced collection of rhythmic jazz that would make Miles Teller jealous.

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Sister Sledge: Circle of Love (Special 40th Anniversary Edition)

By the time this record came out in 1975 Sister Sledge had been gigging steadily for some time and releasing small singles. There's little evidence of the powerhouse this quartet became.

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‘Take Me to the River’, Please

This promising documentary about the past and future of Memphis and the Mississippi Delta music scene is overcrowded with too many captains who steer the boat aground.

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8 Feb 2016 // 9:20 AM

Leon Bridges - “River” (Singles Going Steady)

Leon Bridges resurrects the past in a language both refined and timeless.

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The Truth: A Step in the Right Direction: Singles, Demos, BBC Live (1983-1984)

Mining the R&B/Mod terrain of the early 1980s, the Truth was an attempt to fill a void left by the Jam. A new collection captures the band in its earliest form, doing what it did best back then.

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Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade: Children of the Light

Three jazz greats step out on their own as a trio for the first time after years working together as part of the Wayne Shorter Quartet.

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5 Feb 2016 // 2:00 AM

Jamie Woon: Making Time

Jamie Woon’s Making Time is a diligently watched pot that, predictably, refuses to boil.

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Travis Laplante and Peter Evans - ‘Secret Meeting’ (album stream) (premiere)

On Friday, February 5, NNA Tapes will release Secret Meeting, the first collaboration between saxophonist Travis Laplante and trumpeter Peter Evans. And as far as collaborations

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Wadada Leo Smith and John Lindberg: Celestial Weather

A titan of trumpet, a titan of double bass come together and give us a record that is undeniable in its ability to blow winds and minds.

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Mose Allison: American Legend: Live in California

Idiosyncratic, unclassifiable jazz/blues/etc. singer and pianist Mose Allison delivers a fine set of live performances spanning the whole of this career.

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Fame, Faith, and a Meaningful Life: An Interview With Ruth Pointer

Why is Ruth Pointer so excited? Her new memoir celebrates three decades of sobriety and a lifetime of survival.

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Jeremih: Late Nights: The Album

Jeremih knows how to make sex a powerful force, but it's a shame that the rappers he features don't

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29 Jan 2016 // 2:30 AM

Rihanna: Anti

Rihanna has released some of the smartest and sexiest pop of the new millennium. Unfortunately, on Anti she seems lost and unsure about what she’s trying to do and where she’s trying to go.

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29 Jan 2016 // 2:05 AM

Fred Hersch: Sarabande

A reissue of an early trio recording by the sparkling jazz pianist -- featuring the late Charlie Haden as well as Hersch's marvelous "Child's Song", written to Haden.

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28 Jan 2016 // 2:10 AM

Ches Smith: The Bell

A versatile "jazz" drummer proves well beyond category in this essential, gorgeous trio with viola and piano.

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Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

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"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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