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Here is the list of releases that grabbed our attention in January. Qwest TV's favourites in the loop.

Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom, Glitter Wolf 

The longtime rising star of the drums in critics’ polls has become a bona fide, go-to drum maestro who’s in the midst of a creative bonanza of music. The leader of her adventurous ten-year-old ensemble, Boom Tic Boom, Allison Miller doesn’t flinch at the assessment. “We’re jazz people,” she says. “We’re in the moment.”

Read our interview.

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Leyla McCalla, The Capitalist Blues

The singer and cellist has released The Capitalist Blues, a rougher third album which draws on the same reasons for revolt: the past and the present, in the United States and Haiti.

Read our article.

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Aesop Rock & TOBACCO Are Malibu Ken

Rapper Aesop Rock and producer TOBACCO (a.k.a. Black Moth Super Rainbow) met on the tour circuit over a decade ago, and their long-coming full length album collaboration showcases the duo’s tight chemistry to convincing effect.

Read our review.

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Ustad Saami, God is not a Terrorist

In Pakistan, a whole civilization is singing the songs of Ustad Saami, celebrating peace and diversity through God Is Not A Terrorist. Recorded at night on a rooftop in Karachi, this album, the first of its kind, is the product of a collaboration between Saami and the American producer Ian Brennan.

Read our article.

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Joe Lovano, Trio Tapestry (ECM)

There’s no keeping Joe Lovano idle on the recording front. After nearly three decades as the preeminent star on Blue Note Records, the tenor saxophonist has found a new home at ECM Records as a leader with Trio Tapestry, a sensitively lyrical interplay with pianist Marilyn Crispell and his longtime colleague drummer Carmen Castaldi.

Read our interview.

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