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Sam Newsome: A Soprano Sax 'Soliloquy'
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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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Paul Motian: Two From An Anti-Drummer
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Drummer Dana Hall Goes 'Into The Light'
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Jazz Ensemble Empirical Recalls Eric Dolphy
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Ella Fitzgerald: A Trove Of Club Treasures
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Guitarist Bill Frisell and his trio soundtracks Buster Keaton's Go West and two more films on a new DVD. Hulton Archive / Getty Images hide caption

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Jazz For The Eyes And Ears: Bill Frisell And More
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Wadada Leo Smith's trumpet is raw but lyrical, full of big gestures but intimate somehow. Scott Groller hide caption

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Wadada Leo Smith: Old And New 'Dimensions'
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Carla's Christmas Carols, by Carla Bley, is sometimes sweetly and majestically unironic. The odd bits give it a sense of mystery that suits the holy day, but is rare in Christmas music. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Holiday Cheer With A Jazz Twist
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Losing Jazz's Preconceptions With 'Historicity'
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Nicole Mitchell's 'Renegade' Jazz
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Louis Armstrong, The 'Decca Sessions'
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'Live' With The Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra
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Ran Blake: Ghosts In The Piano
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