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Walter Smith III and Matthew Stevens Make New Jazz So Easy to Love on 'In Common 2'

Two of the top players in modern jazz make the second in a sequence of quintet recordings that presents jazz as unusually easy to love even as it maintains modern complexity.

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Steve Lehman Trio + Craig Taborn: The People I Love

Saxophonist and composer Steve Lehman merges jazz tradition with New Jazz exploration in a format that enjoys a connection to the past even as it pushes forward.

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Matt Mitchell Rocks Out Impressively with New Jazz on 'Phalanx Ambassadors'

The most versatile pianist in jazz, Matt Mitchell makes a fiery album of new music that definitively rocks even in its intricacy.

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Linda May Han Oh Highlight Her Many Musical Talents on 'Aventurine'

Jazz bassist Linda May Han Oh adds a string quartet to her group to produce something wholly integrated on Aventurine.

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Anna Webber Finds Her Voice in New Jazz with 'Clockwise'

A composer and woodwind player who is expertly walking the line between jazz and new music, Anna Webber has assembled a great band of improvisors to follow her mostly-brilliant treasure map in the new jazz.

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Myra Melford's Snowy Egret Create Continual Motion and Invention on 'The Other Side of Air'

Jazz pianist Myra Melford's ensemble of light textures and dancing rhythms continues to be creatively attractive but still challenging new jazz.

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Jonathan Finlayson's Jazz Is Cerebral and Strutting on '3 Times Round'

Trumpeter and composer Jonathan Finlayson's third recording continues his streak of crackling, urgent music, this time matching his horn with two saxophones in a set of swirling new jazz.

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Andy Milne and Dapp Theory Craft  a Thoroughly Original Fusion on 'The Seasons of Being'

Andy Milne and Dapp Theory, a band known for funk and creativity, play less groove and more beauty on its way to someplace truly original.

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