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Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Worker

The constantly morphing new jazz trio moves into deeply atmospheric, electronic territory and dares you to follow.

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Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood: Juice

The jazz trio, supplemented by frequent partner John Scofield, put out another appealing blend of jazz and groove music -- a flavorful if somewhat slight version of what they do best.

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Mark Turner Quartet: Lathe of Heaven

Fly guy Mark Turner makes a sparse quartet really work for him and you.

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Matthew Shipp: I’ve Been to Many Places

Avant garde pianist Shipp explores his musical past through this contemporary solo set, hinting at where we may find him in the future.

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10 Oct 2014 // 2:01 AM

Walt Weiskopf: Overdrive

An under-heard but top-notch tenor player, leading a sharp band through excellent tunes. Vibes, guitar, driving rhythm, all right here.

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Bill Frisell: Guitar in the Space Age!

Space Cadet Frisell requests permission to come aboard.

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6 Oct 2014 // 11:30 AM

Jason Ajemian: Folklords

The spirit of Mingus is alive and well in Jason Ajemian's band recording for Delmark. Oh, and let's not forget about Monk and Sun Ra.

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Flying Lotus: You’re Dead!

Flying Lotus makes his return with a concept album that is executed exceptionally well, making for arguably the greatest accomplishment in his career thus far.

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Sun Ra and His Arkestra: In the Orbit of Ra

On In the Orbit of Ra Sun Ra collaborator and Arkestra member Marshall Allen presents a portrait of the jazz legend every bit as complicated and strange as a cross-section of his reality could possibly be.

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15 Sep 2014 // 2:14 AM

Kind of, Kind of Blue: A Conversation with Mostly Other People Do the Killing

Mostly Other People Do the Killing have taken on an ambitious task: recreate Miles Davis' landmark Kind of Blue note for note. Except, as bassist Moppa Elliott notes, note-for-note might just be impossible.

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List This! A Beginner’s Guide to Blue Note Records

Blue Note, one of the foremost jazz record labels, is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a vinyl initiative, releasing highlights from its massive catalog over the course of two years. Here are some picks to get you started.

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13 May 2014 // 2:04 AM

BADBADNOTGOOD: III

There’s a lot going on with III, which makes it ultimately worthy of your time.

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The Souljazz Orchestra: Inner Fire

Eclectic, showing an appealing musical restlessness, Inner Fire is both enjoyable and exceptional.

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How Can a Listener Ignore the Influence of the Market on the Beautiful Art of Jazz?

Some will tar a record with being “commercial” due to preset notions of what one might think an artist should be doing, rather than listening for what he actually is doing.

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Dizzy Gillespie: Dizzy’s Big 4

One of Dizzy’s wonderful mid-career dates for Pablo gets a reissue.

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Travels in Sound: The Globetrotting Music of Don Cherry

The jazz world found its most intrepid explorer in Don Cherry, an adventurous sonic provocateur whose worldly exploits re-drew lines all over the musical map.

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Kenny Garrett: Pushing the World Away

The gutsy, exuberant alto player emerges again with a heady mix of world sounds.

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S.O.S. (John Surman, Mike Osborne, Alan Skidmore): Looking for the Next One

They just don't make albums like this one anymore, retrospective or otherwise. Procure it before it's gone.

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28 Aug 2013 // 11:03 PM

Derrick Hodge: Live Today

Jazz/hip-hop fusion that creates a hypnotic, minimal groove, with some thrilling variety.

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“I’m Not an Old Moldy Fig, I’m Down with Everything”: An Interview with Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a musical institution. On their new album, That's It!, original compositions come into play, and with the likes of Jim James, no less. Tubist and double bassist Ben Jaffe tells PopMatters all about it.

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