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Courtney Pine: Devotion

After fashioning his own West Indian-influenced brand of neobop in the ’80s, saxophonist Courtney Pine reached a creative high in 1995 with Modern Day Jazz Stories (Verve), on which he fused burning, Trane-esque exploits with soul-jazz and hip-hop, resulting in one of the best displays of jazz’s flirtation with DJ culture. Modern Day Jazz Stories has since functioned as a template for Pine’s succeeding albums, but none have been as potent.

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