Kevin Whitehead Kevin Whitehead is the jazz critic on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Sarah Vaughan performs during the International Jazz Festival of Nice in southeast France in July 1984. Raph Gatti/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sarah Vaughan: A New Box Set Revels In Glorious Imperfections

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American jazz musician Woody Herman rehearses in London during a tour of England. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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100 Years Of Woody Herman: The Early Bloomer Who Kept Blooming

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A batch of reissues and archival releases from Bing Crosby's own vaults is getting a high-profile relaunch. Above, Crosby circa 1956. Courtesy of Universal Music hide caption

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Bing Crosby: From The Vaults, Surprising Breadth

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

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Earl Hines: Big Bands And Beyond On A New Box Set

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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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Barry Altschul: The Jazz Drummer Makes A Comeback

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Jazz clarinetist Ben Goldberg has released two new albums for different quintets. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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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The Dave Brubeck Quartet. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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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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