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Gonzalo Rubalcaba's trio finds that swinging sweet spot on 'Skyline'

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'Feel Flows' captures the Beach Boys at the peak of their artistry

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'The Last Duel' was inspired by a real trial by combat in medieval France

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The percussion ensemble Recap has released its striking debut album, Count to Five. Jacob Blickenstaff hide caption

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A young, all-women ensemble upends the percussion paradigm

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Trumpeter Lee Morgan channels Coltrane's splashy style in 'Live at the Lighthouse'

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Across Brandi Carlile's new record, In These Silent Days, she sounds assured, content and, often, joyful. Neil Krug/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Remixed Pere Ubu Albums Bring Fresh Intimacy To The Band's Vocals

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Rather than a heroic journey, the story at the center of Blanchard's opera is one of self-discovery, with an assured, tactile specificity which includes a boistrous fraternity step routine that opens Act III. Ken Howard/Met Opera hide caption

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At 91, Clint Eastwood Isn't Slowing Down. 'Cry Macho' Is His Latest Film

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Saxophonist Joel Frahm Proves Himself A Master Storyteller On 'The Bright Side'

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Actor Karen Black Shines As A Singer/Songwriter On 'Dreaming of You'

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Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson sets the music of Mozart amid his peers to offer a fresh take on the master composer. Ari Magg/Deutsche Grammophon hide caption

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Víkingur Ólafsson Wants To Change Your Mind About Mozart

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Kanye West is seen at a Donda listening event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 22, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Universal Music hide caption

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