Venerable Motown guitarist Dennis Coffey creates a near perfect funk-rock hybrid in the instrumental "Space Traveller." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Space Traveller' by Dennis Coffey

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Creep On Creepin' On

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Funkmaster Bootsy Collins Shares His Favorite Tunes

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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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James Carter's new album, featuring compositions of Roberto Sierra, is called Caribbean Rhapsody. Vincent Soyez/Emarcy Records hide caption

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Playful — Fast (With Swing)

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The new album Caribbean Rhapsody is the result of a ten-year collaboration between jazz saxophonist James Carter and classical composer Roberto Sierra. Vincent Soyez/Emarcy Records hide caption

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Playful — Fast (With Swing)

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Anni Rossi's "Land Majestic" opens with an immediately catchy viola hook — the centerpiece toward which the song gravitates. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Heavy Meadow

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Raphael Saadiq: Paying Homage To Soul's Past And Future

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Leading a ghostly, woozy romp through the streets of New Orleans, Kelli Schaefer hints at salvation in "City Morgue." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'City Morgue' by Kelli Schaefer

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In "The Grey Ship," Erika M. Anderson takes unlikely leaps of faith between extremes. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Grey Ship

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Legendary guitarist Warren Haynes practically ignores his guitar and instead pours out his heart in "Save Me." Stewart O'Shields hide caption

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Save Me

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Alan Hampton's bittersweet "Change Your Mind" could be reconfigured into a hit in just about any genre. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Change Your Mind' by Alan Hampton

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Wanda Sa: One Of The Last Links To Bossa Nova

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