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Garrick Ohlsson: In Pursuit Of A Warhorse

The pianist's massive technique makes short order of Rachmaninov's most difficult concerto.

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Jimmy Owens mostly dresses Monk's tunes for uptown wear — Monk the Harlem jam session swinger. Stephanie Myers hide caption

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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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It's got a vintage feel, but Zeus' "Are You Gonna Waste My Time" is miles away from seeming tired. Derek Branscombe hide caption

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Zeus: The Sound Of '70s Rock Radio, Reborn

It's got a vintage feel, but Zeus' "Are You Gonna Waste My Time" is miles away from seeming tired.

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Bhi Bhiman: Penetrating Melodies, Striking Vocals

The second-generation Sri Lankan-American is an accomplished guitarist and a natural bluesman.

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The Men's scorching "Open Your Heart" sounds like the product of a decade's worth of thrift-store crate-digging. Kevin Faulkner hide caption

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The Men: Bursting At The Seams

The scorching "Open Your Heart" sounds like the product of endless thrift-store crate-digging.

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Hospitality: The Weight Of Reinvention

"Eighth Avenue" highlights Hospitality's gift for offsetting seriousness with bouncy arrangements.

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Catherine Russell: 'In The Dark' And Otherwise

Russell plays with the simple, sultry jazz standard "Romance in the Dark" in unexpected ways.

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Enrico Rava's "Cornettology" slyly alludes to several of Ornette Coleman's compositions without quoting them outright. Roberto Masotti hide caption

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Enrico Rava Quintet: Impressions Of Ornette Coleman

"Cornettology" slyly alludes to several of Coleman's compositions without quoting them outright.

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Paired with Madlib's soulful evocation of sunlight piercing through clouds, M.E.D.'s "Mystical Magic" is a distinctive slice of hip-hop. Eric Coleman hide caption

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M.E.D.: As Universal As Heartache

"Mystical Magic" showcases Madlib's soulful evocation of sunlight piercing through clouds.

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The Little Willies: For The Wrenching 'Good Times'

For the Good Times features upbeat Western swing, country ballads and obscure covers.

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