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From time to time, we hear a recording or concert which merits comment and deserves to be passed along. Here are our recommendations and reviews of new releases and goings-on in jazz today, with as many opportunities for preview listening as we can provide.

James Brandon Lewis' second album, Divine Travels, came out in early February.
The 2013 finalists pose with Thelonious Monk Institute officials. Left to right: Godwin Louis, Melissa Aldana, institute honorary co-chair Billy Dee Williams, Tivon Pennicott, chairman T.S. Monk.

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Trumpeter Etienne Charles' new album is called Creole Soul.
Nicole Mitchell.
"Killer" Ray Appleton, a veteran drummer with the wisdom of experience and ageless swing.
Andrew D'Angelo.
Wayne Shorter.
Philip Dizack at WBGO, with saxophonist Jake Saslow in the background.