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Branford Marsalis And Joey Calderazzo: A 'Melancholy' Duo

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Gary Burton: A New Quartet, A Familiar Sound

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From Bop To Baroque: The Modern Jazz Quartet

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Thelonious Monk: Making The Piano Hum

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Craig Taborn's solo album, Avenging Angel, is full of wide-open spaces between notes, and very quiet dynamics. John Rogers/ECM Records hide caption

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Craig Taborn: Investigating The Piano

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Ambrose Akinmusire would rather fit into a cohesive band and spread the solos around than put himself way out front. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ambrose Akinmusire: An Expressive Range Emerges

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Verve

Early Impulse: A 50-Year Legacy In Jazz

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Tim Berne: Slow-Cooked Jazz

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Before 'Ipanema,' Stan Getz's Exquisite 'Quintets'

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Angels Play The Harp, Printup Plays The Trumpet

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On Bird Songs, Joe Lovano looks for new ways into Charlie Parker's material. Courtesy of Jimmy Katz hide caption

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Joe Lovano: Drawing On 'Bird'

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Henry Threadgill threads together musical strains from America's past and all over the globe. Courtesy of Pi Recordings hide caption

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Henry Threadgill's No-Groove Groove

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A Holiday Gift Guide For The Jazz Lover

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Harold O'Neal: 'Whirling' Jazz Moves

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Scott Colley's Empire has a strong sense of place, even if it's not his own place. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Scott Colley: An 'Empire' On The Prairie

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