The Roots Music Report's
Top Contemporary Jazz Album Chart
for the Year of 2021

1
The Weather is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful
by: The Jeff Benedict Big Big Band

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Label: Groovy Panda
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Baker's Circle
by: Dave Stryker

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Label: Strikezone
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Straight from the Soul
by: Hannah Baiardi

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Label: Self-Release
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Best Buddies
by: Troy Roberts

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Label: Toy Robot
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'Round Midnight (Re-Imagined)
by: Amber Weekes

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Label: Amber Inn Productions
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I Told You So
by: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

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Label: Colemine
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I Love Paris
by: Melbreeze

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Label: Blue Canoe
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Ones Upon a Time
by: Paul Brown

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Label: Woodward Avenue
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What I Meant to Say
by: Steve Million

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Label: Origin
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Transmigration
by: Makram Aboul Hosn

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Label: Self-Release
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Road Trip
by: Slide Attack

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Art of Protest
by: Sonic Portraits Jazz Various Artists

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Label: Sonic Portraits Jazz
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Tres Libre
by: Dan Moretti

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Label: Roots Grooves
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Love is for All Time
by: Lorraina Marro

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Label: Self-Release
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Caught in the Groove
by: Nils

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Label: Baja
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SuperBlue (feat. Charlie Hunter)
by: Kurt Elling

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Label: Edition
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Sentiment
by: Brendan Rothwell

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Label: Self-Release
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Michael Stephenson Meets Alexander Claffy with His Trio
by: Michael Stephenson & Alexander Claffy

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Label: Celler Live
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Finger Painting
by: Nick Colionne

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Label: Trippin N Rhythm
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Keep Steppin Down
by: Brennen Schedler Quartet

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Label: Ruthanne
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Nascentia (Birth)
by: Steve Slagle

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Label: Panorama
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Restless
by: Jackson Potter

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Label: Wise Cat
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Magic Dance: the Music of Kenny Barron
by: Greg Abate

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Label: Whaling City Sound
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Countermelody
by: Evan Arntzen

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Label: Dot Time
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A Centering Peace
by: Brian Woodruff Sextet

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Label: QJOG
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Lost in a Dream
by: Kristin Callahan

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Label: Ivy Door
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What's the Hurry
by: Kenny Washington

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Label: Lower 9th
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Songs from the Deep
by: Eric Essix

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Label: Essential
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Five Down Blues
by: The Kyle Asche Organ Trio

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Label: Cellar Live
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The Lowdown
by: Ian Hendrickson-Smith

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Label: Cellar Live
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31
In Harmony (Live)
by: Roy Hargrove & Mulgrew Miller

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Label: Resonance
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Future Stride
by: Emmet Cohen

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Label: Mack Avenue
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My Original Plan
by: Joanie Pallatto

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Label: Southport
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34
Monsters' Impromptu
by: Lee Heerspink

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Label: Self-Release
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35
Musa
by: Lauren Henderson

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Label: Brontosaurus
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The Story Behind the Story
by: David Boswell

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Label: My Quiet Moon
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Wabi Sabi
by: The Tiptons Sax Quartet

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Label: Sowiesounds
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Leimert Park After Dark
by: Bobby West

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Label: Soulville Sound
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Somewhere Different
by: Brandee Younger

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Label: Impulse!
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Quartet + (with Harlem Quartet)
by: Helen Sung

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Label: Sunnyside
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Color and Passion
by: Blake Aaron

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Label: Innervision
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Brotherhood
by: Belmondo Quintet

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Label: Jazz & People
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Kinfolk 2: See the Birds
by: Nate Smith

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Label: Edition
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Human Revolution
by: Zen Zadravec

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Label: Marmite
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Live at No Black Tie Kuala Lumpur
by: Jeremy Monteiro, Jay Anderson and Lewis Nash

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Label: JazzNote
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Jazzwords
by: Steve Million

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Label: SM Music
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Roots - Tales of the Urban Yoda
by: Joe Bowden Project

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Label: Self-Release
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48
Source
by: Nubya Garcia

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Label: Concord
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Montreal Jazz Trio
by: Montreal Jazz Trio

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Label: Odd Sound
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O Sole Mio!
by: Cory Weeds

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Label: Cellar Live
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Live at the Deer Head Inn
by: Jim Snidero

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Label: Savant
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Are You Ready?
by: Jihee heo

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Label: OA2
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Look for the Light
by: Jeff Reed

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The Garden
by: Rachel Eckroth

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Label: Rainy Days
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Elevation
by: Sophia Smith Quartet

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Label: Self-Release
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The Q Sessions
by: Christian McBride

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Label: Mack Avenue
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Songs from My Father
by: Gerry Gibbs

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Label: Whaling City Sound
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Momentum
by: Gary Honor

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Label: Trippin N Rhythm
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Flor
by: Gretchen Parlato

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Label: Edition
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60
Connections
by: Matthew Whitaker

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Label: Resilience
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A Love Sublime
by: Art Ruprecht

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Label: Self-Release
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Afrika Love
by: Alchemy Sound Project

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Label: Artists Recording Collective
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Risin' Up
by: Adam Hawley

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Label: MBF Ent.
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Something About Her
by: Marc Antoine

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Label: Shanachie
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Hardcastle 9
by: Paul Hardcastle

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Label: Trippin N Rhythm
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Soundview
by: Bruce Harris

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Label: Cellar Live
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The Dark Fire Sessions
by: Alex Brown

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Alone Together (The Duets)
by: Michael Lington

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Label: Peak
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Authentic Life
by: Richard Elliot

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Label: Shanachie
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Fired Up!
by: Pieces of a Dream

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Label: Shanachie
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Hit It
by: BK Trio

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72
Resonate
by: Lettuce

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Label: Round Hill
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The Alchemist
by: Scott Reeves Quintet

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Label: Origin
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Ain't Misbehavin'
by: Yamit and The Vinyl Blvd

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Label: Blue Tiger
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Continuous
by: Miguel De Armas Quartet

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Label: Three Pines
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Focus
by: Chris "Big Dog" Davis

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Label: Shanachie
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Hindsight
by: Elsa Nilsson

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Label: Bumblebee Collective
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78
My George Jones Songbook
by: Staci Griesbach

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Label: Self-Release
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Fierce Heart
by: David Bach

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Label: Integrity Music
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80
Tinted Sky
by: Bluey

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Label: Shanachie
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81
Frozen in Time
by: Nicholas Brust

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Label: Fresh Sound
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82
The Scrapper
by: John Sneider

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Label: Cellar Live
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6
by: Oli Silk

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Label: Trippin N Rhythm
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84
Pick Me Up off the Floor
by: Norah Jones

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Label: Blue Note
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85
More Than a Song
by: CeCe Gable

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Label: Self-Release
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Space Time
by: Jeff Lorber Fusion

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Label: Shanachie
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Fool's Journey
by: Matt DeMerritt

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Label: Self-Release
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Incontre (feat. Dayna Stephens, Sam Yahel & Jongkuk Kim)
by: Massimo Biolcati

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Label: Sounderscore
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Everybody Knows
by: The Brianna Thomas Band

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Label: Self-Release
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Unlayered
by: Enrique Haneine

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Label: Elegant Walk
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Winter Sun
by: Mike Cohen

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Label: Blujazz
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Soul Expedition
by: Keith Andrewv

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Label: Innervision
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93
Solid
by: Boney James

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Label: Concord
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Chicago Standard Time
by: Diane Delin

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Label: BluJazz
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Gruv Kid
by: Justin Lee Schultz

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Label: Shanachie
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Cold As Weiss
by: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

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Label: Colemine
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T-Man
by: Jason Tiemann

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Label: Self-Release
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Pursuance : the Coltranes
by: Lakecia Benjamin

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Label: Ropeadope
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Back to the Garden
by: Judy Wexler

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Label: Jewel City Jazz
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