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Dan Tepfer - 'Eleven Cages'

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

There's a certain kind of irony in making music so undeniably playful while insisting that the thematic element behind the music itself is cages. It's hard to be playful in a cage. Sure, there's playfulness in exploring boundaries, but one doesn't typically find joy in the boundaries themselves. Yet, this pianist Dan Tepfer plays in this irony, bouncing off the walls with his trio members, bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Nate Wood, finding so much room between the bars of Tepfer's Eleven Cages, out now on Sunnyside.

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - 'Centennial Trilogy: Diaspora'

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

Diaspora, the second album of trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's Centennial Trilogy of albums he's releasing this year, is softer than its predecessor, Ruler Rebel. It's warmer, more somber, more spacey a collection of songs, as if these songs and the extra time between notes, a less is more approach here, is meant to depict the actual African Diaspora, a dispersal of sounds as much as a people. Nevertheless, it's a more chill kind of album, if the dynamic Ruler Rebel is a textured shot of mescal, Diaspora is the perfectly made michelada that follows it, and you're going to want to have a couple more micheladas.

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Nate Wood's fOUR - "sides" (video)

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

The multi-talented drummer for Kneebody, Nate Wood, (whose work on Dan Tepfer's new album, Eleven Cages, I have been gushing about and will do so here at the site soon) has been releasing videos the last few months under the moniker fOUR. He's composing songs to play multiple instruments on his own, driven mainly through the midi capabilities in the bass, with no overdubs or pre-recorded backing tracks. They're one shot bits of brilliance, each one going equally as hard. Check out the latest song, "sides", after the jump.

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Brandon Seabrook's 'Die Trommel Fatale'

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

If you ever want to get thrown for a loop, make something large and then take something away, some ingredient that adds a little bit of flash and go without it. Use something similar to it, beef up the other flavors. See what the rest of the ingredients can do to make up for the replacement. Test your skills. For his latest album on New Atlantis Records, guitarist Brandon Seabrook spent a year writing complex, propulsive, psychedelic jazz music with two drummers but switched the pepper up from using cymbals to that ever inventive, catchall "percussion".

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The Line-Up for 16 June 2017

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

I'm super psyched about Brandon Seabrook's Die Trommel Fatale, which I'll have a review up this week, but that and the general extemporaneous feel of this week is the driving force for this Line-Up.

The Line-Up for 16 June 2017