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The Best Jazz Albums of 2010

Jazz was working all the angles in 2010. Is there any other genre that has as much range -- from solo instruments to big bands, from instrumental to vocal, from European musicians to both North and South Americans, from truly pretty music to raucously avant-garde "noise"?

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The Best Jazz of 2014

The skeptics who claim jazz is weaker than before simply aren't listening. As these 16 albums reveal, jazz remains on the cutting edge.

Will Layman and John Garratt
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Monterey Jazz Festival: 19 September 2014 (Photos)

The 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival shone bright as a beacon for a long-standing organization with a mission for musical outreach and jazz education.

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PRISM Quartet: People's Emergency Center

Long known for performing commissioned works, PRISM Quartet release a double album of original material. It is staggeringly wonderful.

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Jack DeJohnette: Sound Travels

Jack DeJohnette has done it all. Time for him to have a little fun.

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Paul Motian: Lost in a Dream

The great drummer, in a trio with Jason Moran on piano and Chris Potter on saxophone: heaven.

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Otis Taylor: Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs

Taylor's best record in about half a decade, and a memorable development in his sound.

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Jenny Scheinman: Crossing

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

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Jason Moran: Artist in Residence

A jazz pianist of steel steers his music through the dangerous web of official arts organizations, encountering plenty of Kryptonite, yet emerges unscathed -- the globe still safe for improvisation.

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Christian McBride: Live at Tonic

A triple-dose of jazz bass monsterhood -- one slice of contemporary fusion followed by two slices of jam-o-rific guest-laden funk. Get your jazz groove on.

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Jason Moran: Same Mother

On his sixth album, Jason Moran continues to explore the roots and influences of the jazz idiom, while simultaneously demonstrating how its innovations can be applied to any number of mediums.

Dan Nishimoto
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