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Every now and again, a young jazz musician turns up out of nowhere to take the whole scene by surprise, and then by storm. That's exactly what we're seeing right now from Micah Thomas. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Micah Thomas Is A Jazz Pianist With A Lot Of Runway

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Beyoncé performs in "Mood 4 Eva" from the visual album Black Is King released on July 31 on Disney+. Disney hide caption

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Taylor Swift surprised fans with her eighth studio album, Folklore, released on July 24. Beth Garrabrant/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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From its brash title track to a denouement that begs to be set free, Gaslighter — The Chicks' first album in 14 years — is a story of painful awakening. Betsy Whitney/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Pop Smoke's First And Final Album Falls Between Two Worlds

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Leslie Odom Jr. originated the role of Aaron Burr on Broadway in Hamilton. Like the rest of the original cast, he's available to watch at home in the film, which arrives Friday on Disney+. Disney+ hide caption

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A drawing of composer William Dawson in 1935 by Aaron Douglas. Dawson's Negro Folk Symphony, long neglected, has received a new recording. Aaron Douglas/Tuskegee University Archives hide caption

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Someone Finally Remembered William Dawson's 'Negro Folk Symphony'

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SAULT's UNTITLED digs into the everyday aspects of Black existence, and celebrates who we are privately, not when we're donning the cape and saving humanity from itself — again. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Moving through themes of isolation and recovery in real time, Gia Margaret reshapes her world around her circumstances on her latest album, Mia Gargaret. Rachel Winslow/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's mercurial music, with its sparkle and unpredictability, was a departure from the style of his father, Johann Sebastian. De Agostini Picture Library/Getty Images hide caption

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C.P.E. Bach: Mercurial Diversions For Uncertain Times

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On her self-titled debut album, Rina Sawayama borrows from all corners of the pop world to explore depression, her fight to preserve her Japanese heritage and the legacy of family strife. Hendrik Schneider/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rina Sawayama Embraces The Pain On Her Beautifully Messy Debut

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Deap Lips is a collaboration between Deap Vally and members of The Flaming Lips. Its debut is "a psychedelic dream with jagged edges," perfect for quarantine listening, our critic writes. Erika Mugglin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Deap Lips' Debut Is An Interstellar Excursion For The Quarantined Mind

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Mixing Colours is Roger and Brian Eno's first release as a duo. Bee Eno and Mary Evers/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Roger And Brian Eno's First Album Together Comes At The Perfect Time

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Kassa Overall calls himself a "backpack jazz producer." He recorded his new album I Think I'm Good by capturing free-form jazz exploration and then chopping the recordings on his laptop. Spencer Ostrander/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On 'I Think I'm Good,' Kassa Overall Expands The Realm Of Jazz/Hip-Hop Fusion

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