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Kenny Garrett: Seeds from the Underground

Saxophonist Kenny Garrett's latest studio effort, his most cohesive release to date, is a sprawling work that serves as a nice summary of his impressive career.

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Michael Formanek: The Rub and Spare Change

Bassist Michael Formanek and his stellar quartet show how jazz played by Raymond Chandler and other noir greats might sound.

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Markku Ounaskari, Samuli Mikkonen and Per Jorgensen: Kuara

Finnish jazz drummer Markku Ounaski and his talented bandmates offer minimalist interpretations of psalms and folks songs connected with the Finno-Ugric peoples.

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Fake Problems: Real Ghosts Caught on Tape

An enjoyable album that closely follows in the anthemic guitar rock footsteps of labelmates Gaslight Anthem and Jesse Malin.

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James Cotton: Giant

The blues harmonica legend is back with his first album in six years, and it's dedicated to the memory of Koko Taylor.

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Warriors: The Cookers

The jazz supergroup Warriors gives you a taste of what a jam session with Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Art Blakey and the other greats of 1960s post-bop might sound like today.

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Tired Pony: The Place We Ran From

A stellar group of backing musicians, including members of R.E.M., Belle and Sebastian, Editors, and She & Him, isn't enough to overcome bland songwriting on this disappointing effort led by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody.

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Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys: Betweenwhile

Add a bit of free jazz, a pinch of bebop, a cup of rock, and a whole lotta humor and you're close to the blissfully noisy soul stew that is Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys.

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Henry Grimes and Rashied Ali: Spirits Aloft

Two giants of free jazz come together for the last time in a live performance for the ages.

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Land of Talk: Cloak and Cipher

Like fellow Montreal denizens Broken Social Scene, Land of Talk offer a mix of ambient post-punk, pop, folk, and electronica on their debut LP. Unlike its Canadian peers, however, this trio is led by a superbly talented lead singer.

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Pernice Brothers: Goodbye, Killer

With his decisions to stop touring and write more books, one of pop's wryest lyricists is clearly slowing down. Is the music suffering as a result? Maybe.

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Stars: The Five Ghosts

The Toronto band triumphs again, utilizing infectious boy/girl harmonies, fuzzy electronics, and lovelorn lyrics to produce an enjoyable set of ambient indie pop without being nauseatingly cute.

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Minus the Bear: OMNI

Seattle's synthy math-rock veterans may no longer be cutting edge, but they continue to remind us of a happy time when emo gods roamed the earth.

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Jesse Malin & the St. Marks Social: Love It to Life

The former New York punk continues to perfect his own brand of Springsteen-esque rock. No surprises here, just the perfect summer record.

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SideOneDummy

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Gorillaz: Plastic Beach

Sellouts, subversive revolutionaries, or just four rockin' cartoon characters? Gorillaz still make the same great music, but do they still spur the same great debate?

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Muppets, Myra, and More: The Best Jazz of 2010 -- So Far.

It's only February, but 2010 has already yielded a fistful of significant jazz releases.

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Galactic: Ya-Ka-May

Bouncing, buzzing electro-funk-hip-hop with swagger and sway? This definitely ain't your daddy's New Orleans record. But is it yo momma's Galactic?

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Various Artists: Ghana Special

Following the success of the Ethiopiques compilations, here's another stellar collection of popular African music recordings from the '60s and '70s. Highly recommended.

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Soundway Records

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Triorganico: Convivência

The Los Angeles-based trio's debut is an understated, Latin jazz gem.


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