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The 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2020

Here are six of the key jazz trends of the last 20 years, defined by 20 of the best 2020 recordings that made us see, again, why this music is in midst of such a thrilling patch of creativity.

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Big Is Beautiful: Large Bands, Worlds of Sound

The year 2013 has featured some of the most exceptional and inventive orchestral jazz in years.

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John Hollenbeck: Songs I Like a Lot

Pop songs radically reconfigured by the one-of-a-kind John Hollenbeck -- a shimmering triumph with an oddball touch.

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Orchestre National de Jazz: Shut Up and Dance

Orchestre National de Jazz of France releases an album that needs to be heard rather than read about. Get it while the getting's good.

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Spinach and Broccoli Music: An Interview with Composer and Drummer John Hollenbeck

John Hollenbeck recombines the familiar in compositions that are startlingly new. His new Eternal Interlude is among the best jazz of 2009. Here, he explains his quirky, fresh methods.

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The Claudia Quintet: For

A shimmering collection of avant-chamber-jazz fueled by rumba, Steve Reich, and Karen Carpenter, if you can believe it.


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