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Too Much Of A Good Thing? Jane Ira Bloom's Beautiful Ballads

On Sixteen Sunsets, the soprano saxophonist varies and honors melody like Billie Holiday.

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Angélique Kidjo's 10th album, Eve, is dedicated to the women of Africa. Pierre Marie Zimmerman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On 'Hard Working Americans,' Songs For The Ordinary Joe

Todd Snider, Widespread Panic's Dave Schools and Duane Trucks perform in a new band that specializes in covering working-class songs.

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Linnea Olsson's debut album is called Ah! Tammy Karlsson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lafayette Gilchrist: An Old Soul, At Ease In A Modern World

On Gilchrist's The View From Here, go-go dance beats inform his piano the same way freight-train boogie-woogie does.

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Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis, the brains behind Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, won the Latin Grammy for Best Latin Children's Album in 2013. Matt Harbicht/Courtesy of Sugar Mountain hide caption

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The Soul Singer Who Never Quite Made It

There was a time when people in the know in Memphis described James Govan as Otis Redding's natural successor. A new compilation collects some of his unreleased recordings.

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Uneven But Vital, Bruce Springsteen Has 'High Hopes'

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His 18th album is a mixed-bag assortment of covers and originals brimming with undimmed eagerness.

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Rosanne Cash: Seeking A 'Thread' Through Southern History

Ken Tucker says The River & The Thread is a travelogue; a timeless work of comfort and quiet joy.

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Peter Gabriel's 2010 covers album Scratch My Back is complemented this year by a multi-artist tribute album, And I'll Scratch Yours. Michele Turriani/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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When Memphis Made A Move On Nashville's Country Monopoly

A new nine-hour box set, titled Sun Country Box: 1950-1959, collects Sun Records' country output.

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Luscious Jackson released a children's album, Baby DJ, last month. Doug Seymour /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Michele Rosewoman (bottom right) is joined by batá percussionists in performance with her New Yor-Uba Ensemble in 2013. Tom Ehrlich/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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With new songs and covers, La La Brooks' All or Nothing isn't just an attempted career comeback. Jacob Blickenstaff/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Former Girl-Group Singer Goes 'All Or Nothing'

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With new songs and covers, La La Brooks' All or Nothing isn't just an attempted career comeback.

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