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Finding Joe Castro's 'Passion Flower'

Jazz's Joe Castro is always in the groove and the other players in the pocket. There's a uniformity of taste on these records despite their different sources, styles, and periods from which they originally emerged.

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Latest Miles Davis/John Coltrane Box Set Reveals the Marvel of the Final Tour

The musical conflict and explorations of these jazz legends made for a stunning series of concerts that remain sharp nearly 60 years later.

Justin Cober-Lake
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It's the Reign of Wes Mongomery in Paris

Listening to Wes Montgomery is like experiencing the first warm rain in spring. The drops may refresh, but there's something melancholy about it.

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Thelonious Monk: The Complete Prestige 10-inch LP Collection

Five early, groundbreaking LPs by the legendary Thelonious Monk have been assembled as part of a sumptuous new box set.

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Jutta Hipp: Lost Tapes - The German Recordings 1952-1955

Jazz Haus digs up another gem of rare recordings for their Lost Tapes series. This time it's the music of Jutta Hipp, of which there isn't nearly enough.

Performing Arts

Stand-Up! America’s Dissenting Tradition Part 1: Trailblazers Mort Sahl & Lenny Bruce

Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce were more than just maverick dissenters; they were the founding fathers of what would later coalesce under the umbrella of the “counter-culture”.

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Always Know; Monk Always

Conspicuously absent from PM’s list of the best nonfiction for 2009 is Robin D. G. Kelly’s comprehensive biography of the high priest of bop, Thelonious Sphere Monk.


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