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Everybody Hurts by Leslie Simon, Trevor Kelly

This book, while witty at times, suffers from a burning desire to be cool.

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Chris Byars: Photos in Black, White and Gray

Though the CD bears his name, saxophonist Byars allows his quartet to solo, at length, on each of the album’s eight tracks. This could be an asset, but the musicians sound like they’re wandering through each instrument, trying to grab inspiration from the air.

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Maynard Ferguson: On a High Note: The Best of the Concord Jazz Recordings

On a High Note is an amalgamation of standards recorded by Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau over the past 15 years.

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Wolfgang Muthspiel and Brian Blade: Friendly Travelers

Friendly Travelers is an album of contrasts. Looped effects and speeding arpeggios add a needed grit to the album’s overall pleasant aura.

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Arturo Sandoval: Rumba Palace

Arturo excises technical fireworks for an album of danceable big band charts.

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Andy Partridge and Peter Blegvad: Orpheus: The Lowdown

Andy Partridge and Peter Blegvad present a self-contained multimedia rumination on the Orpheus myth.

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Ella Fitzgerald: The Very Best of the Cole Porter Songbook

Abridged versions of Fitzgerald’s songbooks don’t translate to an iTunes world.

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Pablo Aslan: Buenos Aires Tango Standards

With his latest offering, Pablo Aslan makes an argument for a danceless tango music.

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Keiko Matsui: Moyo

Disparate musics? Voices? What is going on? In a word, everything.

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Kenny Werner: Lawn Chair Society

Lawn Chair Society represents the next wave of experimentation -- it’s not far out, and all the musicians are bop guys. The creativity resides in the electronic acoustic.

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Joe Zawinul: Brown Street

Zawinul presents a career retrospective in a new format, with improved ease of listening.

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Charles Earland: Black Talk!

Organist Charles Earland develops his cover song philosophy and produces three very different interpretations.

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Sondre Lerche: Phantom Punch

With Phantom Punch, Norwegian idol Sondre Lerche completes his child-star arc.

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