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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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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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Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band: Body and Shadow

The first-call jazz drummer Brian Blade and his longstanding band make a recording that is more mood than movement.

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Mike Holober: Balancing Act

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

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Brian Blade: Mama Rosa

The best drummer in the world sort of makes a Joni Mitchell album.

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Middleman: Joshua Redman and Jazz's Vanishing Division

"The position of not taking a side has endured." Joshua Redman talks about the hoary division between tradition and innovation, the spatial approach to doubled rhythm sections, and jazz's academic antidote.

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The Best Jazz of 2007

In spite of the perception of jazz as an increasingly niche market, the year's best show a style of music that remains ever youthful in its exploration of new territories, expanding its diversity and range of expression.

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Joni Mitchell: Shine

An environmentally fired-up Joni returns to songwriting with a gloomy, beautiful set of chamber-pop.

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Kenny Werner: Lawn Chair Society

Fully integrated electro-acoustic jazz from a journeyman pianist -- a revelation.

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