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Miles Okazaki - 'Trickster'

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

Miles Okazaki's compositions sound like he's creating an elaborate portrait from mosaic, octagon-shaped tiles. His style of play is dense, weaving around in his phrases with so many loops and curlicues, it's dizzying. There's a lot going on under the surface, and even the surface is still pretty busy. That his work isn't too top heavy, most particularly his latest album-- Trickster, out Friday on Pi Recordings, is quite notable. However, that such complex work can express a simple groove so compellingly, is the even larger accomplishment.

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Daniel Herskedal - 'The Roc'

Daniel J. Palmer
Contributing Writer
caffeinatedjazz@gmail.com / @caffeinatedjazz

For those unfamiliar with his work, Daniel Herskedal is a Norwegian jazz musician regarded as one of the most talented jazz tubaists on the scene today. I know what you are thinking: tuba as a lead instrument in jazz? Outside of larger jazz ensembles and the New Orleans Brass Band scene, it is of course fairly rare for the tuba to make an appearance in jazz, especially as a lead instrument. The tuba typically isn’t considered a versatile jazz quintet instrument, but in Herskedal’s hands, it is transformed into something beautiful; capable of creating romantic, delicate moments on ballads and intense, bold statements on more audacious tracks.

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The Line-Up for 17 March 2017

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

Detours on St. Mary's had me dashing into the station with ten minutes left to airtime. This is what I came up with. It was thrilling.

The Line-Up for 17 March 2017

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The Line-Up for 10 March 2017

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

Jazz for the Masses V (at El Sapo during SXSW) is just days away (Wednesday, it's on Wednesday) and this is my last on air push to get folks to show up.

The Line-Up for 10 March 2017

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Thums Up Live at the 2017 Ecstatic Music Festival (Stream)

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

Thums Up is one of those projects that has floated around for a little while but I've yet to hear but sound like so awesome a configuration that I would leap at them the moment recorded work came to light. I've always been extremely excited to hear the work of the collective pianist Vijay Iyer, guitarist Rafiq Bhatia, drummer Kassa Overall, and rapper Himanshu Suri (aka Heems of Swet Shop Boys, formerly of Das Racist) named after the Indian soda. Now, Ccurtesy of WQXR New York, check out a set the quartet recorded this past weekend at the Ecstatic Music Festival to affirm that this project is as badass as one would imagine these four figures could be. Heems' lyricism is sharp and poignant while Iyer, Bhatia, and Overall stretch and contract with a lively energy that weaves brilliantly. They're pretty fantastic. Stream their March 4th set after the jump.