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Nextbop Interviews Marquis Hill

Sébastien Hélary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

Trumpeter and sensei Marquis Hill is set to drop a brand new EP, aka bomb, on us December 1st. Meditation Tape EP is a seven-track succinct endeavor rooted in jazz and hip hop but most importantly branching out, as hinted by the title, into spirituality. Each track of the instrumental beat tape is followed by an excerpt from an interview with Sun Ra drummer Marvin “Bugalu” Smith. I caught up with Hill to discuss music, life, and spirituality in the context of this low-key albeit very important opus of his. If you happen to be in Chi-Town on Friday, make sure to catch Hill at The Promontory for a very special post-Thanksgiving live performance.

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Kat & Ben - "The Life that Surrounds" (Single Release)

Miller Wrenn
Contributing Writer
millerwrenn@gmail.com / @MillerWrenn

Kat & Ben are something special. While unassuming in name, the sound world generated by these two musicians is really pretty magical. Kathryn Shuman and Ben Finley of Kat & Ben are an up-and-coming Los Angeles-based duo of voice and electric bass, respectively, both versatile musicians each known for a thoughtfully inventive approach to their instrument and a knack for finding that usually ungraspable middle-ground between musical models and traditions.

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The Line-Up for 17 November 2017

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

I had to put the show to put the show together on the fly some twenty minutes before arriving at the studio. I think it worked, despite my slight flailing but that's radio, y'all.

The Line-Up for 17 November 2017

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Danny Janklow's Elevation Band - "Creep" (Radiohead Cover)

Sébastien Hélary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

Sometimes less is more as demonstrated by LA saxophonist Danny Janklow’s superb rendering of Radiohead’s cult hit “Creep”. Without the zig-zagging and the effervescence of habitual frontmen, Janklow has the wisdom of relinquishing the lead role to his sidemen who outshine the spotlight in an effort that is communal and self-less. Bravo to Janklow but more importantly bravo to Ben Williams and John Beasley. Sometimes the supporting cast is more important than the leader. Case in point.

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Tomas Fujiwara - 'Triple Double' (Album Review)

Brian Kiwanuka
Contributing Writer
bkiwanuka91@gmail.com

Tomas Fujiwara has been active for well over a decade now, with his first recorded date as a sideman being on Matana Robert’s The Calling back in 2006. Just a quick look at his discography shows that Fujiwara has established himself as a respected musician - specifically in the more avant-garde portion of the New York City jazz scene. The drummer has frequently collaborated with fellow adventurers guitarist Mary Halvorson, cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and bassist Michael Formanek. In the past year, he has shown up on Ho Bynum’s expansive, at times Mingus-esque Enter the Plus-Tet, Formanek’s dark, big-band experiments in The Distance and Halvorson’s inventive interpretations of John Zorn’s Klezmer-influenced compositions on Paimon: Book of Angels Volume 32. Throughout the years, in addition to his releases as leader of Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up, Fujiwara, Halvorson and Formanek have toured and recorded together as a trio under the name of Thumbscrew. Although the next Thumbscrew records will not be released until 2018, on Triple Double, Fujiwara has brought Halvorson, Ho Bynum and other talented musicians along for the ride of his latest interesting take on the trio format.