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On Their Terms

Alexander P. Brown
Staff Writer
alexanderparisbrown[at]gmail.com / @RelaxAndAspire

Yesterday I had the fortunate experience of having to explain who Christian Scott is, due to sporting the Christian Scott/Nextbop shirt one balmy Atlanta evening. A couple of mutual acquaintances, taken by the image asked who Scott was, one jokingly chastising his compatriot “He’s a horn player obviously!” pointing to the shirt. After a few good natured guffaws my opportunity to introduce Scott, and by extension, the modern jazz landscape introduced itself.

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Gerald Clayton’s Bond: The Paris Sessions Streaming This Week

Alexander P. Brown
Staff Writer
alexanderparisbrown[at]gmail.com / @RelaxAndAspire


[Listen to Gerald Clayton in the Nextplayer]

GERALD CLAYTON BUY LINKS
US: Amazon CD, Amazon MP3
Canada: Amazon CD

We here at Nextbop feel your pain. It’s the day after Cinco de Mayo (who put it on a Thursday anyway?) and many of you are deciding how to keep functioning while preparing to keep the party going this weekend. So while you are trying to cover the smell of cheap tequila and limes as you figure out the best way too look busy all day, may we suggest you occupy your time with the full stream of Gerald Clayton’s Bond: The Paris Sessions.

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Marco Benevento at New Orleans Jazzfest & Free Download

Alexander P. Brown
Staff Writer
alexanderparisbrown[at]gmail.com / @RelaxAndAspire

We here at Nextbop have come to the conclusion, after scouring Marco Benevento’s latest press release, that he does not need sleep or is incapable of it. While that might cause a psychotic break one day, for now we will all revel in his constant album output and exhaustive touring schedule.

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On The Grind

Alexander P. Brown
Contributing Writer
alexanderparisbrown[at]gmail.com / @RelaxAndAspire

Being a cultural critic means that in my head I make extrapolations of from what is presented in the media into a more philosophical meaning. For example, I could say that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker would make a horrible band leader as he is impossible to work with anyone who doesn’t completely agree with him. Or, as I posit today, the world could take notice of jazz today as inspiration to the great challenges in the western world; that we all need to act like friggen adults from time to time and do what we have to do before we do what we want to do.

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Mass Media Myopia

Alexander P. Brown
alexanderparisbrown[at]gmail.com / @RelaxAndAspire

Even though I am a thorough pop culture connoisseur, music especially, I generally try to keep my sanity by staying as far away from the music related Viacom properties as possible. It’s like watching your favorite punk band grow up to be Wall St. executives. But every so often I flick through a few hundred channels and happen upon one of the stations in the hopes they no longer are as bereft of artistic integrity.