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by Seth Colter Walls

July 26, 2014

Radio: Jazz Editor's Picks

by Seth Colter Walls  |  July 26, 2014

So you know the classics: Armstrong, Ellington, Bird, Lady Day, Miles, Coltrane -- and all the other luminaries covered in our Jazz 101 series. But what about the modern-day movers and shakers in the worlds of swing and improvisation? This station should help you stay current, built as it is from the jazz records we've been admiring in recent seasons.

We've got straight-ahead, mainstream cooking from the likes of Christian McBride and Louis Hayes; hip vocals from Cecile McLorin Salvant and Gregory Porter; and modern fusion by the likes of Robert Glasper and Jeff Ballard. Plus, the avant-garde is well represented, thanks to Matana Roberts, Kris Davis, Mary Halvorson and other young guns. Which isn't to say that we ignore new albums by jazz veterans. Killer cuts from Wayne Shorter and Roscoe Mitchell will confirm that we thrill to their latest music, too! Click play to ensure that you're not one of those jazz-heads who only listens to the tunes of decades past.

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