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Melvin Seals and JGB Keep the Flame Burning at Terrapin Crossroads

There’s a spiritual sustenance of sorts in Garcia’s music that can be hard to put a finger on per se, but the continuing demand and praise for these celestial harmonics is empirical evidence of its existence.

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24 Oct 2016 // 2:05 AM

Trygve Seim: Rumi Songs

Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim sets the 13th-century poetry of Jelaluddin Rumi to song, with mixed results.

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A Ritual de lo Habitual in San Francisco With Jane’s Addiction and Fishbone

Jane's first two albums continue to represent a pinnacle of sorts for the classic trio of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll which few other bands have distilled in such a vibrant manner.

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Lizz Wright Plays Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald’s Centennial Birthday with New Video (premiere)

Lizz Wright celebrates the music of Ella Fitzgerald at a special concert this Saturday, October 22nd at the Apollo Theater in NYC and shares new video.

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19 Oct 2016 // 11:31 AM

Kimbra - “Sweet Relief” (Singles Going Steady)

Kimbra's voice is always powerful, and here, it may even be at its strongest, a warm blend of soul, jazz, and pop.

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19 Oct 2016 // 8:19 AM

No Piano, Please!

Four recent releases demonstrate the stylistic range and power of jazz that isn't hemmed in by chords.

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David Bromberg Band: The Blues, the Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues

On his 18th album, David Bromberg teaches a master-class not only in the history of blues-inflected Americana but also in how to keep that music alive and relevant.

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What Happened, Miss Simone? Captures Its Subject in Stained Glass

This award-winning documentary raises the bar for how Simone is represented in popular culture and history books. It's now on DVD with a 15-song bonus CD.

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13 Oct 2016 // 11:36 AM

Joan Armatrading - “The Weakness in Me” (audio) (premiere)

British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading returns with a new live release, as well as music for a Shakespeare production in London.

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Joe Lovano Quartet: Classic! Live at Newport

With Classic! Live at Newport, several generations of jazz luminaries shine on the historic Newport Jazz Festival stage.

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Luke Winslow-King - “No More Crying Today” (video) (premiere)

New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Luke Winslow-King returns with a new album of heart-felt Americana songs.

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12 Oct 2016 // 8:17 AM

Frode Haltli: Air

Composers Bent Sørensen and Hans Abrahamsen help Frode Haltli create a career and genre masterpiece with Air.

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Bobby Rush: Porcupine Meat

A throwback for the ages, long live Bobby Rush and his funked up soul blues.

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11 Oct 2016 // 2:05 AM

The Bad Plus: It’s Hard

For the Bad Plus, unpredictable covers have become the most predictable part of their career.

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Madeleine Peyroux: Secular Hymns

The acoustics of the place of worship allow the sparse instrumentation and vocals to sound pious, even when the lyrics promote the heavy consumption of alcohol and non-marital sexual relations.

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Slavic Soul Party!: Live at Barbès - The Far East Suite

Matt Moran and his merry band usher a late-period Ellington masterwork gracefully into middle age.

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“Music Is Up There and You Can’t Touch It”: Macy Gray Talks About Her New Album ‘Stripped’

The soul singer's latest was made with just one microphone and four jazz musicians covering mostly her older hits. Simplicity has its merits.

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Lost (and Found) in Space: United Sounds of Joy Transmit From Another Universe

If beauty and horror were two parallaxes in the vast expanse of the galaxy, somewhere between those points you might hear these songs.

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29 Sep 2016 // 2:20 AM

Erroll Garner: Ready Take One

Pulling from three separate recording sessions, Ready Take One features Erroll Garner’s inimitable style along with an impression six previously unheard Garner originals.

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Doyle Bramhall II: Rich Man

Bramhall does plenty of good things, but ultimately Rich Man lands as a solid but slightly frustrating release.

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How Röyksopp's 'Melody A.M.' Brought Electronica Into the Mainstream

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"With their debut, the Norwegian duo essentially provided the everyman's guide to electronic music.

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