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Matt Wilson: Trios, Quartets And 'Don Knotts'

Like a comedian, the drummer knows something about offhand dexterity and split-second timing.

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Jimmy Owens Navigates Monk's 'Brilliant Corners'

Owens mostly dresses Thelonious Monk's tunes for uptown wear — Monk the Harlem jam-session swinger.

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Dave Douglas' Three Views box set collects three very different quintet albums, featuring So Percussion, his Brass Esctasy band and a group featuring Ravi Coltrane and Vijay Iyer. Zoran Orlic hide caption

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'Three Views' Of Trumpeter Dave Douglas

Douglas' three very different quintet albums sound very good together, says critic Kevin Whitehead.

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Thelonious Monk And More: 'Jazz Icons' On Screen

A new DVD set catches a rare solo Monk gig, plus sets by John Coltrane, Johnny Griffin and others.

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Miles Davis' Great, Often Bizarre 1967 Quintet

Kevin Whitehead says this Davis quintet was consistently amazing, not least on its last big tour.

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Under Oblique — I's zigzag lines, Tyshawn Sorey's drums barrel along like a runaway tractor trailer. Lucy Wood/Flickr hide caption

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Tyshawn Sorey: Making 'Oblique' Patterns Move

Under Oblique — I's zigzag lines, Sorey's drums barrel along like a runaway tractor trailer.

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Gigi Gryce arranged music for big and small bands, recorded with his friend Thelonious Monk, and led and made LPs with his own groups.

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Unearthed Sessions From A Saxophonist Who Dropped Out

Doin' the Gigi showcases Gigi Gryce as a swinging saxophonist and writer of quirky melodies.

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