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Hasan Min­haj:

If you were plac­ing money on the next break­out star from “The Daily Show,” Min­haj may be your surest bet of 2017. First, he de­liv­ered a fear­less, dev­as­tat­ingly funny turn at the White House Cor­re­spon­dents’ Din­ner, then his lat­est stand-up spe­cial, struc­tured like a sto­ry­telling show with screens and rov­ing cam­era an­gles, was a next-level shift for the vis­ual po­ten­tial of the form. Not to men­tion the strength of the ma­te­rial — a sen­si­tively drawn, oc­ca­sion­ally raw look at grow­ing up brown and Mus­lim in Amer­ica — which re­mains among the year’s fun­ni­est yet.

Am­brose Ak­in­musire’s “A Rift in Deco­rum: Live at the Vil­lage Van­guard”:

Al­ready a mu­si­cal force so dis­tinc­tive that his trum­pet of­ten seems to breathe with an ethe­real, search­ing grace, Ak­in­musire hasn’t been heard from since his am­bi­tious 2014 sopho­more re­lease, which landed on mul­ti­ple year-end lists. This dou­ble al­bum, recorded at the mu­si­cal holy ground that hosted land­mark al­bums by John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, of­fers fur­ther ev­i­dence that he should be con­sid­ered among those con­tin­u­ing that legacy. Backed by a nim­ble, dar­ing band, Ak­in­musire’s ex­pres­sive, at times tur­bu­lent ex­cur­sions re­veal some­thing new with each lis­ten.

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