Earl "Fatha" Hines' band featured the likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Express/Getty Images hide caption

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Drummer Barry Altschul writes tunes that play complex games with rhythm. Dmitry Mandel/Courtesy of TUM Records hide caption

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

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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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