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Steve Cardenas' 'Blue Has a Range' Is Steeped in Blues Tradition and Expressed with Elegance

Jazz guitarist Steve Cardenas' Blue Has a Range sports modern but vintage jazz guitar at the center of a gorgeously balanced group of composer and players.

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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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