So you're not in the mood for cool jazz or le jazz hot. Try something icy cold. The eerie album It's OK to Listen to the Gray Voice ($19), from the Jan Garbarek Group, takes its title and every track name from the work of Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer. (Our favorite track is "It's OK to phone the island that is a mirage".) We can't see playing this at a party, but it's entrancing, definitely gray, and ideal for times when you need to sit and think slowly. Yeah, yeah, dancing about architecture. We know. Amazon has sound samples.
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