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Girl In A Coma tops off our year-end celebration of the year's best music. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Paul Motian, performing live at the Village Vanguard. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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A Blog Supreme

Remembering Paul Motian, Singular Jazz Drummer

The colorful drummer and composer was known for his deep internal sense of swing. He was 80.

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Tono (pictured above) kicks off the second week of our profile of Brazilian music. Camila Mesquita de Macedo/Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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Chucho Valdes, the 2011 winner of the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album, performs earlier this year at a Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy. That award was eliminated in April; starting next year, Valdes and other Latin jazz musicians will compete in the Best Jazz Album category. Barbara Zanon/Getty Images hide caption

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Perth Amboy, NJ's long-running free concert series is just one program threatened by loss of funding as the Music Performance Trust Fund dries up. Felix Contreras hide caption

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The San Antonio, Texas trio Girl in a Coma releases the new album Exits & All The Rest Nov. 1. Josh Huskin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Alt.Latino Fall Music Preview

We sample music from albums with one strong song after another.

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