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Ben Goldberg's Variations: Two New Albums From A San Francisco Jazz Staple

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Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bicultural Jazz, Ever Shifting

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A 'Special Edition' Box Set Of Jack DeJohnette And Band

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Remembering Von Freeman, Lol Coxhill And Sean Bergin

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Jazz great Charles Mingus performs at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September 1964. Ray Avery/CTS Images hide caption

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Bass Note: Mingus And The Jazz Workshop Concerts

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Forgotten Gems From The Dave Brubeck Quartet

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Burning Bridge personnel, left to right: Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Wang Guowei (erhu), Sun Li (pipa), Ken Filiano (string bass), Andrew Drury (drum set), Joseph Daley (tuba), Steve Swell (trombone), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet/flugelhorn). Scott Friedlander/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jason Kao Hwang: From The Blues To China And Back

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Bessie Smith, "The Empress of the Blues," gave voice the listeners' tribulations and yearnings of the 1920s and '30s. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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The Mythic Power Of Bessie Smith

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Sam Rivers' trio with Dave Holland and Barry Altschul (not pictured) recently released its 2007 reunion show on CD. Ken Weiss/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After 26 Years, The Sam Rivers Trio Resurfaces

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Saxophonist Art Pepper called George Cables his favorite pianist. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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George Cables: A Heartfelt Tribute To His 'Muse'

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For Ron Miles, the better he knows how a tune works, the less he has to play to put it across. John Spiral hide caption

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Ron Miles Finds Wide-Open Spaces On 'Quiver'

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Sam Rivers' trio with Dave Holland and Barry Altschul (not pictured) recently released its 2007 reunion show on CD. Ken Weiss/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After 26 Years, The Sam Rivers Trio Resurfaces

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Vince Guaraldi had range, as well as an instrumental hit right when jazz was vanishing from AM radio. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Vince Guaraldi Didn't Just Play For 'Peanuts'

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Brad Mehldau's latest covers project, Where Do You Start, came out Tuesday. Michael Wilson /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Brad Mehldau: (Unlikely) Songs By Other People

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