Joost Buis' tunes are clean and true, and still let weird details nibble at the edges on Zoomin'. Monique Baan hide caption

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Joost Buis And Astronotes: Controlled Anarchy

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If Steve Coleman's music sounds a little chilly sometimes, it's because he's more interested in compositional logics than setting a mood. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Steve Coleman: 'Harvesting' Funky, Brainy Jazz

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Willem Breuker played with his ensemble, the 10-piece Willem Breuker Kollektief, for more than 30 years. Kollektief hide caption

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Remembering Dutch Jazz Musician Willem Breuker

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Lee Konitz performs at the Village Vanguard. John Rogers/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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Lee Konitz: Always Stretching His Sax

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After 10 years with his trio, Jason Moran demonstrates the growth of both jazz and his own music. Clay Patrick McBride hide caption

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Jason Moran: 'Ten' Years Later

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A regular performer at the Village Vanguard, Anat Cohen paid tribute to her early clarinet hero Benny Goodman in 2009, in honor of his 100th birthday. Osnat Rom hide caption

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Anat Cohen: 'Clarinetwork' At The Vanguard

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The three-CD reissue of Chick Corea's Solo Piano Improvisations/Children's Songs -- which will be released on May 25, 2010 -- demonstrates how composing and improvising are two sides of the same coin. Michael Putland/Hulton Archive hide caption

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Chick Corea: Two Sides Of The Same Coin

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Sam Newsome fine-tunes his pitches by swinging the bell of his horn past the microphone to exploit the Doppler effect. Andrew Lepley/Redferns hide caption

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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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