Diane Hoffman – “Do I Love You”

The album’s title track — a highlight among highlights — moves with a refreshing uptempo swiftness, ushered forward by cartwheeling horn lines and Owens’ crisply kinetic cymbal work.

Cedar Walton – “Martha’s Prize”

A member of Art Blakey’s sextet in the 1960s, Walton was a leading voice in the development of hard-bop piano, possessed of a style that welded meticulous technical execution to an exuberant sense of swing.

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Ahmad Jamal – “But Not For Me”

‘At the Pershing: But Not For Me’ was a breakout album for Ahmad Jamal, introducing the world at large to a pianist with a refreshingly minimalist style and an exceptional feel for dynamics.

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JAZZIZ Backstage Pass: Joe Lovano

We spoke to Lovano about the release of his ECM leader debut and its significance in his discography, as well as his long list of musical influences, which includes Ornette Coleman and Third Stream composer Gunther Schuller. 

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Abigail Rockwell – “So In Love”

“This album was born from beauty and friction,” said Rockwell. “It is my love letter to the East and West coasts: the craggy edges of the East, the vast expanses of the West, and all the dark alleyways in between.”

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Dig In: Bossa Nova Essentials

In the ’60s, as new subgenres like free-jazz, hard-bop, modal jazz and fusion began to flourish stateside, over in Brazil, a group of chic, melody-minded composers were engaged in their own jazz experiment.

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Betty Carter – “You’re Mine You”

Vocalist Betty Carter was among the most respected mentor-performers of her day, famous for bringing young, up-and-coming musicians on tour and honing their talent on the road.

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