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The Blue Note All-Stars: Our Point of View

A sextet of current Blue Note Recording artists releases a kind of thesis statement on how daring jazz mixes seamlessly with groove-based music, with a noted nod to the Blue Note past.

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Kenny Barron: The Traveler

The great post-bop jazz pianist offers a breezy yet substantive outing -- lovely and melodic.

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Lionel Loueke: Karibu

The African guitarist makes an evocative and quietly exciting date for Blue Note.

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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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Avishai Cohen with Lionel Loueke: After the Big Rain

A nice combination of jazz and Africa, and at least three sometime boy-wonder performers who haven't disappointed.

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Herbie Hancock: River

The great jazz pianist, with Wayne Shorter at his elbow and a list of sympathetic guest singers, makes a stunning Joni Mitchell tribute.

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