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St. Germain - 's/t'

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

Ludovic Navarre's music has always been a little difficult to pin down. It's always had a lounge sound that borrows from jazz, tailor made since its inception for late night internet streaming on Dublab or before them, Soma.fm in some forgotten corner of the internet (somebody out there remembers what I'm talking about). It was trip-hop and acid jazz and downtempo and other subgenres of subgenres that overlap so much that it becomes a thing in itself. Navarre's last two albums, 1995's Boulevard and 2000's Tourist, branded his specific voice in time and for the last fifteen years have been memorable enough for his work to be appreciated but frequently referred to in the past tense, until now with the release of his latest self-titled album on the Nonesuch label that seems to pick up exactly where Navarre, aka St. Germain, has left off.

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Jesse Fischer - 'Day Dreamer'

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

Pianist/keyboardist Jesse Fischer has always focused on the groove in his music. It's a bent of his that can at times lean to a kind of populism, it can also at times feel like overseasoning. Yet Fischer's latest album, Day Dreamer, and album from the new father, an album more rested, more settled, is his most straightforward collection of songs yet.

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Meditations on Nextbop in New York

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

Stories and observations around four days in October spent in New York City covering two nights of Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's sets at Harlem Stage

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Rotem Sivan - 'A New Dance'

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

Rotem Sivan always surprises on the guitar. Oh, sure, his songs start off unassuming. One would think they're simple little low-energy guitar songs. They can be somber and chill, but they're sneaky. They take sudden musical turns that one wouldn't anticipate. They're playful like puppies that don't have expectations. They unfold in such a way that the ends of them completely belie how jamming they can truly be, song after song. And this is just talking about the arrangements. Yes, Rotem Sivan always surprises on the guitar and he did it again on his new album, A New Dance.

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Brad Allen Williams - 'Lamar'

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

Guitarist Brad Allen Williams has an upfront quality to his style of play. There's a simple essence here with just a touch of flare without ostentatiousness. The bluesy, rootsiness of his sound certainly brings to mind the Memphis tone for which he strove with his new album, Lamar. The stripped-down essence of these songs alongside Pat Bianchi on Hammond organ and Tyshawn Sorey at some of his most direct playing on drums culminates in an altogether pleasant listen.