Henry Threadgill threads together musical strains from America's past and all over the globe. Courtesy of Pi Recordings hide caption

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Joost Buis' tunes are clean and true, and still let weird details nibble at the edges on Zoomin'. Monique Baan hide caption

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If Steve Coleman's music sounds a little chilly sometimes, it's because he's more interested in compositional logics than setting a mood. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Willem Breuker played with his ensemble, the 10-piece Willem Breuker Kollektief, for more than 30 years. Kollektief hide caption

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Lee Konitz performs at the Village Vanguard. John Rogers/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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After 10 years with his trio, Jason Moran demonstrates the growth of both jazz and his own music. Clay Patrick McBride hide caption

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A regular performer at the Village Vanguard, Anat Cohen paid tribute to her early clarinet hero Benny Goodman in 2009, in honor of his 100th birthday. Osnat Rom hide caption

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The three-CD reissue of Chick Corea's Solo Piano Improvisations/Children's Songs -- which will be released on May 25, 2010 -- demonstrates how composing and improvising are two sides of the same coin. Michael Putland/Hulton Archive hide caption

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Sam Newsome fine-tunes his pitches by swinging the bell of his horn past the microphone to exploit the Doppler effect. Andrew Lepley/Redferns hide caption

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Paul Motian sometimes traces a thin watercolor line of rhythm through the heart of a performance, as if he could only play his drums one at a time. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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