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Wadada Leo Smith and John Lindberg: Celestial Weather

A titan of trumpet, a titan of double bass come together and give us a record that is undeniable in its ability to blow winds and minds.

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Mose Allison: American Legend: Live in California

Idiosyncratic, unclassifiable jazz/blues/etc. singer and pianist Mose Allison delivers a fine set of live performances spanning the whole of this career.

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29 Jan 2016 // 2:05 AM

Fred Hersch: Sarabande

A reissue of an early trio recording by the sparkling jazz pianist -- featuring the late Charlie Haden as well as Hersch's marvelous "Child's Song", written to Haden.

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28 Jan 2016 // 2:10 AM

Ches Smith: The Bell

A versatile "jazz" drummer proves well beyond category in this essential, gorgeous trio with viola and piano.

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20 Jan 2016 // 2:31 PM

Mike Holober: Balancing Act

Mike Holober and his band want it both ways -- all ways -- on Balancing Act.

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Stan Getz - “Aguas de Março” and “O Grande Amor” (audio) (premiere)

Resonance Records is releasing two sublime Stan Getz recordings on February 19th and we've got a track from each LP to share with you.

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The Kamasi Washington Phenomenon

PopMatters' jazz critics didn't include Kamasi Washington's The Epic on their "Best of 2015" list, despite its huge acclaim by mainstream critics. Here's why.

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11 Jan 2016 // 2:10 AM

Romain Collin: Press Enter

Romain Collin makes crossover music sound easy on Press Enter.

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Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981

This comprehensive live set moves back and forth in time, and between quintet and quartet line-ups. The comparisons make for fascinating listening, and suggest that maybe the jazz fusion band is actually more genre defying than defining.

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Nigel Kennedy: The Four Seasons

This recording is endlessly surprising and sometimes delightful, cutting the Vivaldi classic to ribbons and reassembling it at will.

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X = Why? Annette Peacock’s ‘X-Dreams’

In 1978, legendary music artist Annette Peacock released X-Dreams, a phantasmagorical exercise in harnessing the slipstreams of dreamed noises.

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Bass Giant Jaco Pastorius Is Remembered in ‘Jaco’

If the current generation of upcoming musicians isn't aware of Jaco Pastorius, they should be. This must-see rock doc. cements that matter deeply in our hearts

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Yesterday and Today—Jazz Trumpets Across the Divide

Avant garde trumpeter Nate Wooley has chosen to interpret the music of his childhood hero, the conservative Wynton Marsalis. Why not?

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David S. Ware/Apogee: Birth of a Being

Apogee's first and last album was a free jazz slap to the face in 1977. This new reissue dampens none of its power.

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3 Dec 2015 // 2:00 AM

The Best Jazz of 2015

A baker’s dozen albums that remind us that jazz remains alive, growing, thriving, and powerful.

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Food: This Is Not a Miracle

After spending 15 years exploring the hidden corners of ambient jazz, Iain Ballamy and Thomas Strønen still have not run out of ways to explore their chemistry.

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John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (The Complete Masters)

Fifty years later, with American music changed indelibly because of A Love Supreme, that seems like enough reason to celebrate the album yet again.

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Art “Turk” Brown and Congo Square: Spirits: Then & Now

Live and studio performances from members of Chicago’s acclaimed AACM collective, Spirits manages to capture the sound and feel of the original without sounding wholly derivative.

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Brad Mehldau: 10 Years Solo Live

Brad Mehldau's career as a solo artist, in all senses of that word, takes a huge leap forward with this box set.

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12 Nov 2015 // 2:20 AM

Tigran Hamasyan: Luys i Luso

On his latest release, chameleonic pianist Tigran Hamasyan delivers a mesmeric set of Armenian sacred music infused with his idiosyncratic compositional approach.

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