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Singer José James has been best known as a modern-day jazz singer, but his latest album, Love In A Time Of Madness, sets him on the path to become a powerful force in contemporary R&B. "Closer" is a perfect example of his new direction.

Set List

  • "Closer"

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The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been at it for over 50 years, and, outside of New Orleans, its name has come to be pretty much synonymous with the spirit of the city. The band's new album, So It Is, is a collection of original material heavily inspired by a trip to Cuba, including "La Malanga."

SET LIST

  • "La Malanga"

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The Robert Glasper Experiment took a left turn with the recording of its new album, ArtScience. Instead of recruiting big-name guests, the core quartet wrote and recorded it entirely on its own. The band continues to expand on its genre-hopping sound — rooted in jazz but exploring elements of R&B, hip-hop and more — particularly in this performance of "Day To Day."

SET LIST

  • "Day To Day"

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Jamie Lidell's latest album is a meditation on love and family, inspired by the birth of his first child. On Building A Beginning, he tells personal stories through smooth, psychedelic soul. In a live performance, Lidell's top-notch band brought the songs to life, particularly the album's title cut.

SET LIST

  • "Building A Beginning"

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How To Dress Well, a.k.a. Tom Krell, is now based in Los Angeles — but for his new album, Care, he traveled around the world and worked with a bunch of collaborators to craft his best set of songs yet. Krell performed the sexy track "Can't You Tell" live in KCRW's studios for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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  • "Can't You Tell"

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