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José James’ “Yes­ter­day

I Had the Blues” : Best known for his earthy and soul­ful mix of jazz and post-D’An­gelo R&B on his 2013 break­through “No Be­gin­ning No End,” this singer’s sound takes a vin­tage turn with this deft trib­ute to Bil­lie Hol­i­day, which com­mem­o­rates the late singer’s 100th birth­day this week. James’ ele­giac take on “Strange Fruit” is a thing of beauty, as is his band in pi­anist Ja­son Mo­ran, bassist John Patitucci and drum­mer Eric Har­land.

“Go­ing Clear” on HBO : We’ve grown used to the shadow of Scien­tol­ogy and its real es­tate hold­ings, with lit­tle vis­ual ac­com­pa­ni­ment for re­ported in­ves­ti­ga­tions (in­clud­ing in this pa­per) apart from side­walk per­son­al­ity tests and puz­zling ap­pear­ances by Tom Cruise. This strik­ing film by Os­car win­ner Alex Gib­ney re­veals some of the odd and pos­si­bly even cruel be­hav­ior by some in the church, mak­ing one won­der just how much can be jus­ti­fied by faith.

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