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Monk at a Hundred

Thelonious Monk was a bebop pioneer who swiftly left that medium behind for a style of music entirely his own making.

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Elvis as Thespian

The King’s contribution to the film canon.

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Film Noir
The Past Was Yours

A look at Robert Mitchum’s greatest picture on his centennial.

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The Year of Ella
Stage Gone Long

A consideration of Ella Fitzgerald’s best performance in her centennial year.

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Of Licks and Riffs
The Guts of What Made Chuck Berry Great

Berry was great not because of what he led to but because of what he was.

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The Rosebud Blooms
More Able Than Kane

Yes, Citizen Kane is great, but that’s not the half of it. The more Orson Welles was forced to improvise and budget down, the better he got.

Greater Than Gatsby

We ought to be borne back ceaselessly into Fitzgerald’s genius—and not just to his reputed masterwork.

Blues Upside Your Head

New collections of classic works by Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters enable a better appreciation of a beloved but understudied genre of American music.

The Electric Coachman

Two recent archival releases strengthen the case that Jimi Hendrix was more like Bach than he was like The Beatles.

Coltrane’s Ark

John Coltrane's stunning musical output in 1965 is open to deeper examination, thanks to a new studio archive release.

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