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Two New Jazz Albums Recall The Wide Open Spaces of The West

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Virginia's No BS! Brass Band adopts and ultimately expands the brass-band tradition. PJ Sykes/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On Two New Albums, A Modern-Minded Brass Band Cuts Loose

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Personal Record is the second solo album by Eleanor Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Eleanor Friedberger's 'Personal Record' Examines The Little Things

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Branagh Imagines Mozart's 'Magic Flute' In Wartime

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As the title character (Melvil Poupaud) begins a new life as a woman, Laurence Anyways tracks the ups and downs of a relationship that will face more than one test. Breaking Glass Pictures hide caption

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On his new album, Magical Thinking, Chico Mann uses a host of electronic playthings to craft West African, Latin and 1980s "boogie" rhythms. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Chico Mann: Plastic Keys, Blinking Lights And Burbling Beats

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'My Ellington': A Pianist Gives Duke Her Personal Touch

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Mavis Staples has been performing for more than six decades. One True Vine is her second album-length collaboration with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. Zoran Orlic/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For Mavis Staples, 'One True Vine' Brings Together Kindred Spirits

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Sigur Ros' new album is titled Kveikur. Lilja Birgisdottir/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sigur Ros Navigates Unknown Terrain On 'Kveikur'

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Yeezus is Kanye West's seventh studio album. Guillaume Baptiste/Getty Images hide caption

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On 'Yeezus,' Kanye West Sounds Strikingly Self-Aware

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Miami-born Cécile McLorin Salvant learned about improvisation and sang with her first band after moving to France in 2007. J.R. Photography/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cécile McLorin Salvant: Making Old Songs New Again

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Kanye's 'Yeezus' Packs A Bite

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Slaid Cleaves' music is influenced by singer-songwriters such as Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Karen Cleaves/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Slaid Cleaves: 'Still Fighting' With Smart Lyrics And Stories

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Fame Studios And The Road To Nashville Songwriting Glory

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