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As 2017 Draws To A Close, Critic Ken Tucker Looks Back On The Year In Music

Fresh Air's music critic presents his annual list of favorite music — along with some thoughts about the rock, pop and country stars who died in 2017.

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Ken Tucker Looks Back On 2017 In Music

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White Christmas Charlie Parker
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White Christmas
Album
Bird After Dark
Artist
Charlie Parker

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Tougher Than It Is Cake
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Tougher Than It Is
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Pressure Chief
Artist
Cake

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Dave Brubeck & Gerry Mulligan
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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Album
Santa's Bag: An All-Star Jazz Christmas
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Dave Brubeck & Gerry Mulligan

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No Outerwear Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts
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No Outerwear
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An Attitude For Gratitude
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Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts

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Winter Wonderland Count Basie Orchestra
Over and Over Again (Lost and Found) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

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