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20 Jazz Albums You Might Have Missed in 2020

During the new-year season of best-of-the-year lists, I find myself looking backward—even at a year as difficult as 2020. Time was dilated—I thought I had too much of it but, as usual, there was too little for all the great music.

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Dave Douglas Quintet's 'Brazen Heart: Live at Jazz Standard' Sits Cozily Next to Miles Davis' 'Plugged Nickel' Recordings

This is trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas' second quintet, playing its repertoire from memory in eight sets in four nights. Dazzling.

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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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Dave Douglas with the Westerlies and Anwar Marshall: Little Giant Still Life

Dave Douglas doesn't pass the torch to the Westerlies. They both already possess the same flame.

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Dave Douglas: High Risk

If there's truly any justice, High Risk will serve as a template for the future electro-jazz.

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Six Shots in Ferguson, One Night in New York

Trumpeter Igmar Thomas and his haunting tune, "The Hunted", sums up the most difficult lesson of 2014.

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RBMA - A Night of Round Robin Duets (Photos) & Conversation with D'Angelo (Video)

The Red Bull Music Academy brings unique performances, parties and conversations to New York for a full month since last May. Enjoy photos from the Round Robin and video from a conversation with D'Angelo.

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Dave Douglas in 2011

Spark of Being live, composition workshop, upcoming mobile release.

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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.

Will Layman
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Kenny Werner: Lawn Chair Society

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

Will Layman
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Jazz Today: A Tale of Two Trumpets

Dave Douglas, a maverick who's not so weird, really, and Wynton Marsalis, this traditionalist who insists on defying expectations

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Dave Douglas: Mountain Passages

Uncompromising trumpeter Dave Douglas emerges from the major-label jungle into cool mountain air. The result is unforgettable, unique jazz with a gentle, world-music sheen.

Will Layman

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