The Dave Brubeck Quartet. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Malian guitarist Lobi Traore died in 2010, at just 49. His last album is called Bwati Kono. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A 1910 portrait of King George V in procession. A new album of choral works by Hubert Parry features music he wrote for the king's coronation one year later. Chandos Records hide caption

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Tracey Thorn, famous for her work in Everything but the Girl, has a new solo album of seasonal tunes called Tinsel and Lights. Edward Bishop/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Joe Hill Louis, B.B. King and Rufus Thomas appear on a new multi-disc compilation of electric blues, Plug It In! Turn It Up! Bear Family Records hide caption

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Musicians and friends Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale team up on a new album of country duets called Buddy and Jim. Michael Wilson photo/Paul Moore design/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Benjy Melendez (right) founded and led The Ghetto Brothers in the early 1970s. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On her new album, opera star Cecilia Bartoli tackles the work of Baroque composer Agostino Steffani. Uli Weber/Decca hide caption

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Burning Bridge personnel, left to right: Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Wang Guowei (erhu), Sun Li (pipa), Ken Filiano (string bass), Andrew Drury (drum set), Joseph Daley (tuba), Steve Swell (trombone), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet/flugelhorn). Scott Friedlander/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jason Kao Hwang: From The Blues To China And Back

The violinist attempts to mix jazz, classical and traditional Chinese music with his octet on Burning Bridge.

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Yirga's debut album is called Guzo. Courtesy of Worldisc hide caption

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Bessie Smith, "The Empress of the Blues," gave voice the listeners' tribulations and yearnings of the 1920s and '30s. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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The special effects in Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's music helped forge a new cutting-edge style. /De Agostini/Getty Images hide caption

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Bill Withers onstage in 1973. Fin Costello/Redferns hide caption

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