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Jazz, Loss, and Understanding in ‘I Called Him Morgan’

While exposing the fragments and fault lines of memories, I Called Him Morgan tells the stories of Helen and Lee Morgan. It's also a story of storytelling.

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The Microscopic Septet: Pioneers Across Jazz Boundaries

In the '80s, "The Micros" mixed tradition and avant-garde jazz with impunity and almost got famous doing it. Today they're just playing the blues.

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Red Baraat - ‘Bhangra Pirates’ (album stream) (premiere)

Red Baraat's new album captures the group's astounding energy and virtuosity as performance artists on record. We all need a little more bhangra in our lives.

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Red Baraat: Bhangra Pirates

Stripped-down production and intricate arrangements let Red Baraat get the party started on Bhangra Pirates.

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Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Loafer’s Hollow

For their latest avant rendering of jazz and culture in a broader sense, MOPDTK take on trad jazz in a decidedly non-traditional manner, using literary titans from Pynchon to Joyce to Vonnegut as source material.

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The Weeknd - “I Feel It Coming” feat. Daft Punk (Singles Going Steady)

The Weeknd sounds more like Michael Jackson than ever as he glides up to those high notes.

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Donald Byrd: Love Has Come Around - The Elektra Records Anthology 1978-1982

Donald Byrd’s late ‘70s/early ‘80s studio albums are sliced and diced in this newly issued collection of the most forgettable era of his otherwise illustrious and well-regarded career.

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14 Mar 2017 // 9:29 AM

Kurt Rosenwinkel: Caipi

The influential jazz guitarist makes a personal record that combines Brazilian music, current soul music, and jazz into something unique, sunny, and compelling.

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Nate Smith: Kinfolk - Postcards from Everywhere

A veteran jazz drummer has produced a terrific collection that straddles jazz and contemporary soul without any of the compromise you expect. It's Glasper-esque... in the best way.

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10 Mar 2017 // 3:30 AM

New Gen: New Gen

As the mainstream gradually catches up and embraces grime, New Gen delivers an exciting insight into the next wave of artists breaking through.

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These ‘70s Avant-Garde Jazz Musicians Blew Freely, Fiercely, and Reverently

These cats blew all night and day a new, astonishing page into the jazz lexicon. What they couldn't do was get gigs in jazz clubs.

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Craig Taborn: Daylight Ghosts

Taborn is a candidate for jazz MVP in the 20-teens. This album is his resume and calling card.

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Galactic and the Funky Meters Bring the Sound of New Orleans Back to the Warfield

One of the hardest working bands in showbiz over the past two decades, Galactic continues to tour relentlessly to carry the torch for the New Orleans funk pioneered by the original Meters in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

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John Abercrombie Quartet: Up and Coming

The influential guitarist and his regular group produce a lovely follow-up recording that could use a dose of caffeine.

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3 Mar 2017 // 2:26 PM

NAO - “In the Morning” (Singles Going Steady)

Over spacious, off-center beats, NAO creates a lush, lunar atmosphere for her powerful, intimate lyrics.

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Slice of Life: Sinkane Lives it Up With His Latest Work, ‘Life & Livin It’

Sinkane’s counterintuitive approach to making (and performing) his music forces his roots to show unabashedly in ways that are almost punkishly defiant.

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Various Artists: Young Art Sound

On TOKiMONSTA's electric Young Art label, the bold thrive. Young Art Sound is a brilliant showcase of what the crew can do.

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28 Feb 2017 // 10:25 AM

Lee Fields Is a Forward-Looking Throwback

"A lot of people think soul music is just a way you sing, or a sound -- soul music means coming from the spirit. The soul is a spirit,” says Fields.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Blast Through Tremendous Set at Madison Square Garden

I finally saw Red Hot Chili Peppers do their funky thing no matter that Kiedis rocked out while wearing a soft-cast boot. Find photos and tour dates here.

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23 Feb 2017 // 12:00 PM

D.R.A.M. - “Cute” (Singles Going Steady)

D.R.A.M. redeems the term "cute" and makes an appealing plea for its return as a compliment.

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Trevor Noah on the Biracial Divide

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"The indelible experiences of Trevor Noah's past have been parlayed into his memoir, Born a Crime, a history of a life living under racial divide.

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