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He played long, luminous tones on his trumpet.

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In search of roles commensurate with his ability and ethics.

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His talent stretched back to Yiddish theater.

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He created a boldly self-contained sound world.

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Charlie Parker vs. feebleminded ofays.

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In 1968, a year of riots, he reached his ascendancy.

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A versatile virtuoso — from jazz to Hawaiian to country to pop.

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His Cold War movies predict Pynchon’s seriocomic acuities.

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She thrived in any musical context: jazz, blues, hokum, pop.

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His career was a study in contrasts, brilliant and awful.

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“Throb, baffled and curious brain!”

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Freed by burnt cork, he became a phenomenon.

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He aimed to liberate America aesthetically and socially.

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“Cheyenne Autumn” almost made her famous.

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A military comedy, a corporate espionage tale, a wicked sex romp.

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“Santa Claus Is A Black Man.”

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Before Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life!

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An avuncular yet urgent singer-songwriter.

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“Ward Bond is a shit but he’s our favorite shit.”

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An anarchist without adjectives.

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1956 was an annus mirabilis for Nat King Cole.

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Brazilian masterpieces small and humongous.

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Fiercely intelligent, race-conscious yet jovial comedy.

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He fought against “the little men of War and Bias.”