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Nu Standards for 23 July 2016

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

Chris messaged me Friday asking if I wanted to fill in for his show on Saturday. Considering I hadn't recorded my show on Friday or made plans yet for Saturday (I ended up working, but it's good I knew to make this show before learning that), I said yes and made two more hours of radio for you.

Nu Standards for 23 July 2016

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016: The Ever Beautiful Aaron Parks Trio

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

Aaron Parks is an altogether beautiful person, as if his aura just colors whatever he touches, particularly pianos. Billy Hart is a legend and a giant and gets to do whatever the hell he wants on the drums. Ben Street is an anchor and a pure soul able to keep the three aligned on the bass. The trio were absolutely outstanding playing one of the last sets of the festival on Saturday, July 9 at Le Gesù presenting new material Parks is set to release some time next year on ECM.

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016: Erik Truffaz is Kind of a Big Deal

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

Erik Truffaz is 56 years old. He plays the trumpet. He's on Blue Note… France. He's not hyped in the United States much. I only knew of him from copping his 2000 album, The Mask, from fellow KRTU radio host J.C. Pagan after he found the album while shopping in Brazil (if memory serves). The guy is a big deal, but one of those big deals that literally doesn't in America. It should, because if his Friday, July 8th performance at the Monument National is any proof, Truffaz' quartet is one of the most forward thinking groups in jazz today.

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016: Nir Felder Has Some New Stuff

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

I learned long ago from my mother that if you can help it, don't work on your birthday. There are some who don't exactly hold that sentiment. Bassist Orlando le Flemming's birthday was yesterday, July 7, but he still put in work backing guitarist Nir Felder for his sets at l'Astral. Alongside drummer Jimmy Macbride, the three played two sets mostly of new material with a few selections from Felder's latest album, 2014's Golden Age.

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016: Bilal, the Sexy Survey Course

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

Bilal brings it, but he always had. His Wednesday, July 6th set at Club Soda as part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival didn't have the Patti Labelle-esque rolling on the ground like his recent BET Awards tribute performance to Prince, but he didn't need to, because Bilal always brings it.