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26 Aug 2016 // 2:20 AM

Battle Trance: Blade of Love

Experimental saxophone quartet Battle Trance pushes the capabilities of both the tenor saxophone and the human breath on Blade of Love.

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Various Artists: Africa Airways One & Two: Funk Connection 1973-1980 / Funk Departures 1973-1982

Africa Airways One & Two features plenty of grooves from the disco era through the early '80s.

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24 Aug 2016 // 2:10 AM

Denny Zeitlin: Early Wayne

Jazz veteran Denny Zeitlin covers jazz legend Wayne Shorter -- really, there is no downside to this.

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23 Aug 2016 // 9:32 AM

Eric Krasno - “Jezebel” (premiere)

On his latest single, "Jezebel", Soulive and Lettuce co-founder Eric Krasno lays out a mellow soul/blues vibe with some slinky, masterful guitar playing and a tale of love gone wrong.

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‘Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ All-Time Greatest Hits’ Is a Fun, But at Times Frustrating Read

Binelli has his finger on the pulse of pop culture in this era, but Jay himself, as presented here, lacks a pulse.

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Various: Nigeria Freedom Sounds!: Popular Music and the Birth of Independent Nigeria 1960-1963

This new Soul Jazz Records set is pure listening pleasure and a perfect jumping off point for listeners curious about popular music beyond Europe and North America.

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16 Aug 2016 // 9:42 AM

NAO - “Girlfriend” (Singles Going Steady)

NAO's lyrics are expertly crafted and hit right at the core of insecurity.

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Kuba Kapsa Ensemble: Vantdraught 4

Kuba Kapsa's second installment in his Vantdraught is another victory for modern chamber music, being both adventurous and accessible.

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Josh White: Josh at Midnight

One of music's most influential black voices shines just as well as it did 60 years prior.

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The Greyboy Allstars Rise to Terrapin

Watching these five musical masters in action is always a treat, as the Greyboy Allstars consistently conjure that improv x-factor where the sum becomes greater than the parts.

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Seeking, Salvation and the First Vibration: Moon Hooch Returns With ‘Red Sky’

Moon Hooch performs music you can dance to but there's something much deeper there. "Music has basically been my personal savior", says Mike Wilbur, "I worship it."

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Charlie Parker: Unheard Bird - The Unissued Takes

Two discs of recently discovered incomplete takes of classic Charlie Parker sides, which demonstrate the artistry and adventure of jazz in the recording studio in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Becca Stevens on Popping Jazz Boundaries

Becca Stevens, a perfect exemplar musician of boundary-less "jazz" in 2016, makes the case for the power and difficulty of art-pop in our age.

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5 Aug 2016 // 2:30 AM

Nels Cline: Lovers

The unclassifiable guitar legend and Wilco secret weapon finally releases the album he's been working on for 25 years, and it's definitely worth the wait.

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James Williamson and Petra Haden - “Blues Jumped the Rabbit” (audio) (premiere)

It’s a gloomy, slow song, but it’s one full of instrumental light, borne aloft by crystalline piano and echoing guitar.

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The Lucas Museum Saga: Why Was This Museum Rejected by Chicago?

What made George Lucas such a cinematic visionary is also what’s making him less effective as a civic figure.

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Cuong Vu: Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny / Pat Metheny: The Unity Sessions

Two recent releases from Pat Metheny and his collaborator Cuong Vu show how acid and sugar can meet beautifully in the middle.

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Miles Davis’s Corporeal Score to Louis Malle’s ‘Elevator to the Gallows’

Davis's score doesn't articulate a narrative in this film; it provides a haunting, corporeal presence that refuses to assimilate to our efforts to find meaning.

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Jane Ira Bloom: Early Americans

Bloom continues to cement her reputation as one of the era's top soprano saxophonists.

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26 Jul 2016 // 3:00 AM

Is There More Hoodoo Than Blues to C.W. Stoneking?

An interview with Australia's Americana chameleon C.W. Stoneking as he embarks on a North American tour.

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