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Album Stream: Alan Evans Trio's 'Drop Hop'

Alexander Brown
Staff Writer
alexanderparisbrown@gmail.com / @relaxandaspire

One of the few pleasures of climate change has to be the extended amount of time you can spend outside-- either driving with your convertible top down, relaxing on the grass with a solid mojito, or wearing barely anything while exploring your favorite watering holes and clubs. Luckily the Alan Evans Trio is releasing their debut record Drop Hop later this month to prime you for all sorts of warm weather shenanigans.

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Ten Gateway Crossover Albums for Non-Jazz Listeners

Alexander Brown
Contributing Writer
alexanderparisbrown@gmail.com / @relaxandaspire

As I mentioned in a previous column, Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio is wildly accessible to a variety of music listeners and could serve as a way to get more music fans past this barrier that is the labeling of jazz. However, Glasper’s ode to mid-to-late twentieth century pop isn’t the only way to introduce your friends to jazz music and concepts. A variety of mainstream and indie artists have blurred the lines between what is and isn’t a jazz recording and will serve as a great icebreaker into how a music lover views jazz as a whole part of music rather than a ghetto.

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For Your Consideration: Robert Glasper Experiment's 'Black Radio'

Alexander Brown
Contributing Writer
alexanderparisbrown@gmail.com / @relaxandaspire

Jazz listeners of all stripes really don’t need a treatise on why the Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio is worth picking up. If you haven’t read or seen an interview of Robert Glasper, listened to select tracks or the entire album, or seen live performances of several of the albums’ songs this month, you’ve gone media autistic. Instead I want to address everyone else who only “kind of listens to jazz, you know, like when I’m studying”; so if every jazz enthusiast would kindly direct their nearest iffy jazz listening friend to this page it would be greatly appreciated.

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Nextbop's Best Albums of 2011: Alexander Brown's Everything Else Picks

Alexander P. Brown
Contributing Writer
subjektxero@gmail.com / @relaxandaspire

The Nextbop staff is compiling its lists of the best albums of 2011 in jazz and all other genres. We’ll release our mass lists during the last week of December but we want to make sure everyone’s individual lists have the chance to shine.

My tastes are different. For example, I think every Katherine Heigl role would be vastly improved if Anne Hathaway or Mila Kunis were offered first dibs. I’m also fruitlessly awaiting Michelle Rodriguez and Sanaa Lathan buddy cop action drama, co-starring Taylor Lautner as Sanaa’s secretly drug addict son, Maya Rudolph as Michelle’s over-worrying physician life-partner, Gina Torres as their by-the-books antagonist and Sam Jackson and Marion Cotillard as the villanious power couple. Directed by Katheryn Bigelow and produced by Michael Mann. Which is all to say, my brain just looks for different things in art.

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Nextbop's Best Albums of 2011: Alexander Brown's Jazz Picks

Alexander P. Brown
Contributing Writer
subjektxero@gmail.com / @relaxandaspire

The Nextbop staff is compiling its lists of the best albums of 2011 in jazz and all other genres. We’ll release our mass lists during the last week of December but we want to make sure everyone’s individual lists have the chance to shine.

I know very little when it comes to actually judging technique of jazz artists. I basically go by what sounds cool. Don’t worry I do the same for rappers, rock guitarists and electronic producers (no one quite knows how to clearly rate what Richard David James does). I say this to let you know this list of favorite new jazz albums of 2011 is radically subjective and really based upon years of aggregated whimsy.