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Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld: Never Were the Way She Was

The unlikely duo of saxophonist Colin Stetson and violinist Sarah Neufeld creates a series of classically minimalist dronescapes that toe the line between the accessible and the avant garde. It’s a daring collection with often surprising results.

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Luis Perdomo & Controlling Ear Unit: Twenty-Two

Luis Perdomo recorded Twenty-Two 22 years after turning 22.

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Billie Holiday: The Centennial Collection

The Centennial Collection serves as a masterful representation of Billie Holiday’s enduring legacy.

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Leo Bud Welch: I Don’t Prefer No Blues

On this latest album, Leo Bud Welch makes the blues sound like the future and, at 82 years old, his future is bright.

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Kamasi Washington Expands Jazz’s Boundaries on New Album ‘The Epic’

LOS ANGELES — When jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington was contributing string arrangements to rapper Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly,” few could have predicted that

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Van Hunt Narrows Focus Even As He Explodes Boundaries

Van Hunt's fifth studio album, The Fun Rises, the Fun Sets, narrows the focus slightly, a plunge into layered and trippy funk and soul.

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6 May 2015 // 4:00 AM

Marcus Miller: Afrodeezia

Bassist/composer Marcus Miller delivers a tour de force with his latest, a hybridization of African and Western styles that finds the similarities in the differences of each.

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Tony Bennett / Bill Evans: The Complete Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Recordings

This lavish four-LP reissue celebrates the 40th anniversary of these monumental sessions by two of the great understated jazz interpreters.

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Melba Moore Honors Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson and More at New York Show

In her sold-out return to the Metropolitan Room, Melba Moore honored legendary ladies of song.

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Wes Montgomery - “Far Wes” (audio) (Premiere)

The jazzy guitar stylings of Wes Montgomery have never sounded as good as they do on his latest compilation, In the Beginning.

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5 May 2015 // 4:30 AM

Tinashe: Amethyst

Tinashe’s meticulously crafted world is too engrossing to leave.

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iLoveMakonnen: Drink More Water 5

There's something about iLoveMakonnen's tone and inflection that turns his wobbly singing and hazy, uncomplicated rapping into reliable ways to deliver hooks. He might not have perfect pitch, but his pop instincts are awfully close.

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Peggy Lee: At Last: The Lost Radio Recordings

Forty four tracks from Lee’s radio show that she never recorded later and have, for the most part, not been heard since they originally aired.

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Sax Gordon: In the Wee Small Hours

Sax Gordon and friends make for a relaxed performance for the staunch jazz enthusiast.

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Widespread Panic Burns Down Los Angeles Once Again

Playing the right song at the right time has long been part of Widespread Panic's magic formula, and so it was again with their March 2015 concert in Los Angeles.

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Jared C. Balogh Releases ‘Music For Rhymers and Lyrical Designers’ for Free

Somewhat counterintuitively, modern composer Jared C. Balogh rediscovers his hip-hop roots by not rapping with his new release -- which, like most of his music, is available to download for free.

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Bettye LaVette: Child of the Seventies

This re-release provides evidence that Bettye LaVette should have been famous decades earlier.

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Sidewalk Chalk: Shoulder Season

Sidewalk Chalk rise further to the top of the hip-hop scene with their third release, Shoulder Season.

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George Van Eps: Once in Awhile

'40s Jazz Guitar Pioneer in Full Regalia

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Jessie Ware Performs “Say You Love Me” on ‘The Late Late Show’

British neo-soul singer Jessie Ware performed "Say You Love Me" last night on The Late Late Show last night. The song is a gorgeous, R&B slow-burner that escalates to soaring pop anthem.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Unearthing the 'Charnel House'

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"This week we discuss Owl Creek Games's follow up to Sepulchre, the triptych of tales called The Charnel House Trilogy.

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