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'What Made That Thing Work?': Bill Frisell Takes On Screen Music

While making his latest album, the inventive guitarist found that covering classic film and TV scores has an existential side effect.

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Comedian Jon Benjamin's new jazz record is titled Well, I Should Have...Learned How To Play Piano. Joel Gordon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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David Bowie's new album, Blackstar, comes out Jan. 8. Jimmy King/Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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All Songs +1: David Bowie Fulfills His Jazz Dream

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin and longtime David Bowie producer Tony Visconti talk Blackstar and Bowie's deep dive into jazz.

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Hear what happens when jazz fusion comes together with the lead singer of the prog-rock band Yes.

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Wayne Horvitz's latest album, Some Places are forever Afternoon, is based on poems by the late Seattle native Richard Hugo. Daniel Sheehan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Christian McBride performs at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I. earlier in 2015. Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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NO BS! Brass Band's latest album is called Brass Knuckles. PJ Sykes/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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NO BS! Brass Band Transcends The New Orleans Sound

It's tough getting 12 musicians to agree on anything. But the members of the Richmond, Va. ensemble are firm in the desire to represent their own city in their music.

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Cécile McLorin Salvant's repertoire includes jazz standards, forgotten old songs, show tunes and originals. Mark Fitton/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Matthew Halsall & the Gondwana Orchestra are one of musician Jamie Cullum's favorite contemporary jazz acts. Simon Hunt/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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From Coltrane To The Club, A Few Fresh Sounds In Jazz

Musician Jamie Cullum visits Weekend Edition to share a roundup of favorite new releases from contemporary jazz acts.

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Chick Corea and Bela Fleck's new album, Two, is out now. C. TAYLOR CROTHERS/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bassist Gary Peacock Is At The Soloist's Service

"What can I play so that this person just plays the best he's ever played?" asks Peacock, who's backed up everyone from Bill Evans to Miles Davis to Keith Jarrett.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater's new album, Dee Dee's Feathers, mines the rich history of New Orleans music. Greg Miles/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bassist Christian McBride syncs up with drummer Lewis Nash in 2011. Simon Russell/Getty Images hide caption

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Arturo O'Farrill conducts during recording sessions in Havana last winter. David Garten/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Terri Lyne Carrington won a Grammy for her all-female jazz album The Mosaic Project in 2011. Now, she's releasing the second installment, called Love and Soul. Tracy Love/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Terri Lyne Carrington Makes A Musical 'Mosaic,' With A Focus On Women

The drummer, composer and bandleader's latest album, The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul, is part of her ongoing effort to showcase women in jazz.

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Joey Alexander, 12, recently released his debut album. Rebecca Meek/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? explores Nina Simone's rich and complicated life. Courtesy of Peter Rodis/Netflix hide caption

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New Documentary Finds Nina Simone 'In Between The Black And White Keys'

Simone's recordings still loom larger than the rest of her story. A new film about her life asks the question, What Happened, Miss Simone?

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Robert Glasper's new piano trio album is called Covered. Don Q. Hannah/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Hills Are Alive: Maria Schneider Lets Memory Guide The Music

The jazz artist's latest album gets its tone not from her current life in New York, but from a childhood spent surrounded by Minnesota farmland.

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Ornette Coleman performs at the Skopje Jazz Festival in 2006. Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jack DeJohnette (center) called in fellow Chicago musicians (from left) Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Larry Gray and Muhal Richard Abrams to play on his new live album, Made In Chicago. Paul Natkin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ramsey Lewis' hit single "The In Crowd" was recorded live in concert 50 years ago this month. Courtesy of Ravinia Festival hide caption

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