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MTKJ Quartet: Day of the Race

There are times when a pessimist could propose to me, without fear of rebuttal, that jazz sunk everlastingly into the depths of posthistoricism at the precise moment Wynton Marsalis signed his first recording contract. Recently, though, I’ve come across several recordings that bring home an important point: While a generation of neocons-in-training spent the ’90s and early ’00s trying to reinvent the wheel, other, hipper kids filtered out the tired old crap and homed in on the visionary stuff, of which there was no shortage–if you knew where to look.

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