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  • Barry Harris, beloved jazz pianist devoted to bebop, dies at 91
    by Mark Stryker on December 8, 2021 at 11:21 am

    Barry Harris, one of the leading musicians to emerge from Detroit's modern jazz explosion in the 1940s and '50s, died Wednesday.

  • NPR Music's 100 Best Songs Of 2021 (40-21)
    on December 2, 2021 at 4:03 am

    Think of the best songs of 2021 as a playlist catering to the most basic human urges. Within it, booties were called, muffins were buttered and bloody revenge was contemplated. It was quite a year.

  • NPR Music's 100 Best Songs Of 2021 (20-1)
    on December 2, 2021 at 4:03 am

    Think of the best songs of 2021 as a playlist catering to the most basic human urges. Within it, booties were called, muffins were buttered and bloody revenge was contemplated. It was quite a year.

  • NPR Music's 50 Best Albums Of 2021
    on December 1, 2021 at 4:12 am

    NPR's annual list of the year's best albums is full of work by musicians who hit career peaks, discovered their voices or willed something new into reality.

  • NPR Music's 50 Best Albums of 2021 (40-31)
    on December 1, 2021 at 4:12 am

    NPR's annual list of the year's best albums is full of work by musicians who hit career peaks, discovered their voices or willed something new into reality.

  • Dave Easley, 'Jesus Maria'
    by Lars Gotrich on November 5, 2021 at 10:21 am

    "Jesus Maria" simmers the regal, brass-forward Christmas carol composed by Carla Bley into a sunset.