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Marc Cary Focus Trio & Friends - "Sound Portals" (Download)

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

Pianist/keyboardist Marc Cary has been releasing songs from download from his Bandcamp each month for a pay what you want rate (with as low to free) for a few months now, and each track is great, making its own aural explorations. It would seem the song for each month goes through as many permutations as Cary has made in his various larger works in his career. Today, he and his Focus Trio of bassist Burniss Earl Travis and drummer/percussionist Sameer Gupta release "Sound Portals", a shifting song based on a North Indian Raga. It's an amazing nine-minute journey in sound that you should definitely check out and cop after the jump.

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Walter Smith III's 'Still Casual' Out Sept. 9

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

You've heard tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III before. He's played frequently with trumpeters Ambrose Akinmusire, Terence Blanchard & Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah; drummers Kendrick Scott, Terri Lyne Carrington, Eric Harland & Roy Haynes; and is a part of the Next Collective whose Cover Art impressed many a listener last year. Now the 33-year-old Smith is getting ready to release his fourth album as a leader, Still Casual, on September 9th.

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Marshall Allen to Release Sun Ra 'In the Orbit of Ra' Compilation Sept. 22

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

If you've been around the block a bit, you may know about the majesty that is Herman Poole Blount, or as he's better known on this planet and others, Sun Ra. This year marks a century since he first landed on this planet from Saturn, and to commemorate such an occasion, Strut Records is releasing a compilation of 25 years of Sun Ra's works, curated by 90-year-old alto-saxophonist Marshall Allen, the longest-living member and current bandleader of Sun Ra's Arkestra. In the Orbit of Ra will be available on 2-CD sets, 2-LP set on vinyl sets, and digitally September 22. Check out a stream of "Plutonium Nights" from the upcoming In the Orbit of Ra after the jump; a mastered recording of the track is available now on iTunes.

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Marco Benevento - "At the Show" (Video)

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

Recently, pianist/keyboardist Marco Benevento released his first single from his upcoming album, Swift, out September 16th on the Royal Potato Family label. The single, "At the Show", marks the first time Marco's recorded his vocals for all the word to hear. Now to put things on that next level, he put out a video for the song. Check it out after the jump.

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The Line-Up for 18 July 2014

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

I'm steadily working through emails and have probably relegated a sizable chunk of my life to such a task for probably the next twenty years or so at least. Here's one week of that process.

The Line-Up for 18 July 2014