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Harumi: Harumi

A reissued orchestral pop oddity that would've been better left lying in Verve's vaults...

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Mark Stewart and The Maffia: Learning to Cope with Cowardice

This reissue of Pop Group frontman Mark Stewart's first solo prompts us to ask one question: Is the man insane?

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KTL: Two

Like the first KTL album, 2 is comprised of lengthy pieces that reward only the most patient of listeners.

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Wooden Wand: James and the Quiet

James Toth releases his final album as Wooden Wand. Consider this slab of folk-rock an extended meditation on the meaning of meaning. Or call it a transitional album.

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David S. Ware Quartet: Renunciation

This document of the last concert by one of the best small contemporary jazz groups gestures towards the spirited music that the Impulse! label released in the late '60s.

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Joseph Jarman: As If It Were the Seasons

Three saxophones, flute, oboe, trumpet, and trombone blur into one terrifying mass during the piece's most gratifying moments.

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Leonard Cohen: Songs of Leonard Cohen

The king of lit-rock's three earliest -- and most permanent -- albums receive a deluxe repackaging.

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Fred Anderson and Hamid Drake: From the River to the Ocean

A Chicago jazz vet surrounds himself with an eclectic mix of avant-garde musicians and post-rock types.

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Nadja: Touched

On their second album for Alien8, this Toronto doom metal duo craft an abstract opus that's both hot and heavy.

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Chris Corsano-Mick Flower Duo: The Radiant Mirror

The kids will call this jazz-baptized Lightning Bolt; elder statesmen will recall hearing Ascension or The Blue Humans for the first time.

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Panda Bear: Person Pitch

Animal Collective's Noah Lennox returns for his third solo outing. The tunes are fantastic, but their thrill is not without limits.

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Hug: Heroes

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Chip Taylor: This Side of the Big River

This 1975 record from the writer of "Angel in the Morning" is probably the only country record to feature a jazz fusion electric piano breakdown.

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The Miles Davis Quintet: Reissues

Three RVG reissues -- two of them stone classics, one a bit wobbly -- featuring a young John Coltrane.

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Jackie McLean: 4, 5 and 6

Never mind the fact that McLean would eventually disown this 1956 album. One of his first sessions as bandleader, this six-song set of traditional ballads and originals has aged nicely.

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The Gentle Rain: Moody

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Ut: In Gut's House

Mute reissues this all-female post-punk act’s two song-oriented, late-career efforts.

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Tom Carter and Robert Horton: Steeljaguar Rocket

While riddled with its share of tedious episodes, Steeljaguar Rocket holds up far better than most other limited-edition improvised rock sessions.

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Various Artists: Cabinet Classics 1994-1998 & Cabinet Unreleased Classics 1994-2005

Richie Hawtin selects prime singles and compelling outtakes from one of Berlin's great techno labels.

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Mamadou Diabate: Heritage

Second album of virtuosic fusions of African and American song forms from this Malian native.

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KTL: KTL

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Various Artrists: Pop Ambient 2007

Kompakt's annual electronic mood music primer remains as consistent as ever.

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