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They Drive At 55: The Monterey Jazz Anniversary Tour

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Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet: Newport Jazz 2011

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The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint

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The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint

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Ambrose Akinmusire: 'Music Can Tell You What It Wants To Be'

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Ambrose Akinmusire In Concert On JazzSet

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Ambrose Akinmusire: An Expressive Range Emerges

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New School, Old School And A Different Kind Of Dance Music: New Jazz Albums

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Carmen Staaf, Ambrose Akinmusire On JazzSet

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Linda Oh Trio In Studio On WBGO 10/7/09

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