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The 2013 finalists pose with Thelonious Monk Institute officials. Left to right: Godwin Louis, Melissa Aldana, institute honorary co-chair Billy Dee Williams, Tivon Pennicott, chairman T.S. Monk.

Read Educated Guesses At The 2013 Monk Competition

September 16, 2013 – The jazz competition semifinals were a bit predictable in 2013. Is that necessarily a bad thing?

Art Hodes performs at the Ole South in New York City circa 1946.

Read The Masters At His Fingertips, Art Hodes Pays Tribute To Bessie Smith

September 16, 2013 – The jazz pianist's powerful 1976 album I Remember Bessie conveys a profound sense of loss.

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Kiss Land is singer Abel Tesfaye's major-label debut as The Weeknd.

Watch The Weeknd Revels In Raw Emotion On 'Kiss Land'

September 10, 2013 – The producer and singer-songwriter uses his debut album to showcase a haunting perspective on love.

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Bob Dylan in 1970, the year he released his 10th studio album, Self Portrait.

Read Bob Dylan's 'Self Portrait,' Now In Vivid Color

September 10, 2013 – A key to the ongoing allure of Dylan's music lies in its ability to stand apart from its time.

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Duke Ellington, looking dapper in 1958.

Read When Duke Flirted With The Queen

September 9, 2013 – Duke Ellington's piece for Queen Elizabeth II is included in a new collection of late-period suites.

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The Prisonaires, a band formed in a Memphis-area prison, created one of Sun Records' early hits.

Read The Dawn Of Sun Records: 15 Hours Of Blues

September 6, 2013 – A new box set documents the early-'50s beginnings of Sam Phillips' start-up studio in Memphis.

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Superchunk's new album is titled I Hate Music.

Read On Its New Album, Superchunk Makes The Downtrodden Sound Upbeat

September 5, 2013 – The long-running rock band's new album, I Hate Music, mines loss and grief with ferocious guitars.

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Goodie Mob (from left to right, Big Gipp, T-Mo, Cee Lo Green and Khujo) at a Dodgers game the day the group's first album in 14 years was released.

Watch Goodie Mob Puts Crossover Acceptance On The Line

August 29, 2013 – The gift and the curse of the group's album is that Goodie Mob doesn't aspire to be anyone else.

Sam Baker's Say Grace is his fourth album since he started making them in 2004, at age 50.

Read Sam Baker's 'Say Grace' Is At Once Beautiful And Broken

August 27, 2013 – The Austin songwriter's latest album is his fourth since he started making them in 2004, at age 50.

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Robin Thicke on the cover of Blurred Lines.

Read Robin Thicke: Smirky But Sincere On 'Blurred Lines'

August 22, 2013 – Listen and look past his rouĂ© image, and the chart-topper is revealed as an earnest nostalgist.

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Orrin Evans.

Read 'Beauty' On Orrin Evans' Block

August 21, 2013 – Evans can be a heavy hitter at the keyboard, but on his new album, he reins himself in a bit.

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John Surman, Mike Osborne and Alan Skidmore were all saxophonists and teamed up in 1973 to form the short-lived trio S.O.S.

Watch 'Looking For The Next One' Reveals Underappreciated Sax Trio

August 20, 2013 – John Surman, Mike Osborne and Alan Skidmore could sound timeless, of and ahead of their time.

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A new collection of Brahms and Mozart recordings by the Stuyvesant Quartet from 1947 conveys a kind of inward grace.

Read A Forgotten Quartet, Reissued And Reevaluated

August 15, 2013 – These Brahms and Mozart recordings convey natural refinement, balance and a kind of inward grace.

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Valerie June.

Read Valerie June Wants To Be On Your Mind

August 13, 2013 – June can sing a duel with the Devil, even as her voice tells you she knows she's already triumphed.

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