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Ron Miles' 'Rainbow Sign' Is Quietly Fantastic

Don't sleep on this magical, flowing music, even if it purposely courts a dreamy mood. The jazz cornetist and composer gets four other distinctive players to come quietly together for a greater good.

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The Best Jazz of 2018

The definition of "jazz" has never been broader, and the music has never been brighter. Two PopMatters critics pick their favorites in four modern jazz categories.

Justin Cober-Lake and Will Layman
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Cuong Vu 4Tet: Change in the Air

With guitarist Bill Frisell in tow, Seattle trumpeter Cuong Vu creates a dramatic set of all original tunes that reflects a cross-continental sensibility on Change in the Air.

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Jazz Legend Charles Lloyd and Americana's Lucinda Williams Join Forces Beautifully on 'Vanished Gardens'

Charles Lloyd's Americana/jazz group is joined by the marvelous Lucinda Williams on half the tracks here, creating a diverse, minor masterpiece.

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Conversations with Himself: Guitarist Bill Frisell on His New Solo Guitar Outing

Maverick jazz guitarist Bill Frisell moved back to New York City and looked deep into his own catalog of tunes for a new solo guitar recording. Our interview.

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Ron Miles: I Am a Man

Cornet specialist Ron Miles, from Denver, brings in a stupendous band for a set of gorgeous, intriguing explorations that are lyrical, free, and incisive in turns.

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Allen Toussaint: American Tunes

On his final album, New Orleans songwriter, producer, and pianist Toussaint puts his distinctive stamp on jazz, pop, and R&B classics.

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Lucinda Williams: The Ghosts of Highway 20

On her superb new album, Lucinda Williams takes the wheel for a memory trip down Highway 20.

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Vinicius Cantuária: Vinicius Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim

What happens when one Brazilian music giant tackles another? Smooth sailing, that's what.

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Jazz May Be Reeling in Terms of Record Sales, But It's Thriving As an Art Form

What if today’s jazz is a little bit Bill Frisell and a little bit Ornette Coleman?

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Sam Amidon: Lily-O

Singer, guitarist, fiddler, banjo player, Sam Amidon's sixth album is a patchwork of delights.

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Bill Frisell: Guitar in the Space Age!

Space Cadet Frisell requests permission to come aboard.

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Stefano Bollani: Joy in Spite of Everything

There are different ways to experience and to express joy. It can be celebratory, or quiet and introspective. Joy in Spite of Everything balances those poles of sound and style on what is one of the most successful jazz releases of the year.

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Floratone: Floratone II

Bill Frisell's studio-centric band comes back for round two - and they sound so, so much better.

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Bill Frisell: Blues Dream

American guitarist Bill Frisell fronts a genre-shifting chamber septet on this overlooked smash, recorded in 2001 and now reissued.

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Bill Frisell on John Lennon: Talking About 'All We Are Saying'

The unique jazz guitarist talks about All We Are Saying -- his recent cover album of 16 John Lennon tunes -- as well as how the Beatles changed his life, and how back in the day, owning an instrument meant you were automatically in a band.

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Kermit Driscoll - Reveille (video)

Don't call him just-a-bassist!

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Abigail Washburn: City of Refuge

Abigail Washburn is a bluegrass artist with a global focus, and on City of Refuge, she collaborates with indie rock artists, including the Decemberists' producer Tucker Martine and guitarist Chris Funk.

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Bill Frisell: Beautiful Dreamers

Guitarist extraordinaire Bill Frisell warms up his new record contract with a new trio to match. All is still well in his corner of jazz/Americana.

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Verse-Chorus-Verse: "Have a Little Faith in Me"

Artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats.

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Jenny Scheinman: Crossing

The jazz/Americana/anything violinist creates a new set of riveting soundscapes.

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McCoy Tyner: Guitars

An overpolite meeting between a great jazz trio and batch of six-string slingers.

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Various Artists: Assemblage 1998-2008

Cryptogramophone's triumphant 2-CD retrospective is highly listenable, accessible, and immensely engaging. What is the opposite of under the radar? Cryptogramophone is headed there.

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Joe Henry: Civilians

A gorgeous feat of sonic story-telling from a songwriter deserving much wider recognition.

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Jack DeJohnette: The Elephant Sleeps But Still Remembers

Veteran drum legend teams up with jazz guitarist du jour to produce a quirky and fiercely non-commercial take on the art of duo improvisation.

Daniel Spicer
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Bill Frisell: East/West / Further East/Further West

A comprehensive and breathtaking tour of the musical world of today's most distinctive and singular guitarist.

Will Layman

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