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'Maiden': Groundbreaking 1989 Sailing Race For All-Female Crew

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Augustin Hadelich's latest album spotlights violin concertos by Johannes Brahms and György Ligeti. Patrick Long/Warner Classics hide caption

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Opposites Attract: Two Violin Concertos In The Hands Of A Master

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Willie Nelson's Voice And Spirit Remain Strong On 'Ride Me Back Home'

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Saxophonist Stan Getz Delivers A Barrelful Of Tenor On 'Getz At The Gate'

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Composer Emile Mosseri (left) and director Joe Talbot (right) of The Last Black Man in San Francisco. Ghazal Sheei/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Score Of 'The Last Black Man In San Francisco' Sounds Like No Other In 2019

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Bruce Springsteen Puts A Twist On California-Style Pop With 'Western Stars'

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Flying Lotus' fifth studio album, Flamagra, is out now. Renata Raksha/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Flying Lotus Comes Back From The Afterlife 'Flamagra'

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Professor Longhair plays at the 1971 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. John Messina/Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways hide caption

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Smithsonian Folkways Celebrates 50 Years Of Jazz Fest's Serendipity

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Iron & Wine's Sam Beam teams up with Calexico for Years to Burn, their first album-length collaboration since 2005. Piper Ferguson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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