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Jusell, Prymek, Sage, Shiroishi: Setsubun (節分)

Setsubun (節分) is the sequel to last fall’s Fuubutsushi (風物詩), a loose and gentle jazz record from Chris Jusell, Chaz Prymek, Matthew Sage, and Patrick Shiroishi. Like its predecessor, Setsubun draws on seasonal cues for its wintry textures: icy, splashing cymbals, glimmering chimes, curling violins, breathy drifts of sax. Its soft edges offer comfort without tranquilizing, and its crackles of static and rich instrumental passages make for a detailed landscape that’s easy to dip in and out of. The album has stunning moments in its melodic swells, as on “White Out” and “Fuyu No Taiyō,” escalating Setsubun from serene to sublime. –Allison Hussey

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Katy Kirby: Cool Dry Place

Cool Dry Place, the debut album from Texas-born, Nashville-based Katy Kirby, uses songwriting to grapple with departing from evangelical Christianity. Crafted in various living rooms and home studios over what Kirby refers to as an “embarrassingly long period of time,” it sounds breezy