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Ray Anderson: A Pocket-Size Suite Makes A Huge Racket

It's tricky making a little band sound this big, but trombonist Ray Anderson knows his tricks.

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Anti-Virtuoso Piano, Delicate And Despoiled

Masabumi Kikuchi's fully improvised album Sunrise features late, like-minded drummer Paul Motian.

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Jenny Scheinman's 'Mayhem' Hard To Pin Down

Scheinman's quartet features players raised on and accustomed to performing all kinds of music.

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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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Julius Hemphill's 'Dogon A.D.' Still A Revelation 40 Years On

The out-of-print and much-coveted album combines a dramatically spare sound with a heavy backbeat.

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