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Alicia Keys - Diary of Alicia Keys

The much-anticipated followup to Keys’ debut album, which earned five Grammy Awards, mixes classic soul sounds with contemporary hip hop. The first single, “You Don’t Know My Name,” is produced by Jay-Z collaborator Kanye West and evokes lush, “What’s Going On”-style r&b. And “Streets of New York” features guest spots from Nas and Rakim and samples Nas’ “NY State of Mind” for a decidedly anthemic track. With this superb sophomore release, the 21-year-old Keys proves she’s no flash in the pan.
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Pat Martino - Think Tank

Guitarist Pat Martino is a modern jazz miracle: he relearned to play his instrument by listening to his old records after a 1980 brain aneurysm caused him to forget everything. Now back in form, Martino has attracted an all-star cast with tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and Cuban piano star Gonzalo Rubalcaba for his latest album, which includes such bluesy gems as John Coltrane’s “Africa.” But the highlight is the ballad “Sun on My Hands,” featuring Martin and Rubalcaba in gentle but stirring call-and-response.
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Angélique Kidjo - Black Ivory Soul

Few Africans have been more persistent at bridging the cultural gap than Benin’s musical dynamo. Kidjo’s latest, celebrating the links between Brazil and West Africa, could be her crossover ticket. Produced by Bill Laswell, the album is brimming with soulful vocals and infectious rhythms on songs like Gilberto Gil’s “Rafavela” and the Fela-style title track. But the standout is “Iwoya,” featuring a joyful duet with Dave Matthews. Impossible to resist.
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