arrow
bar_big image

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

bar_big image

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.

bar_big image

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.

bar_big image

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - 'Stretch Music (Introducing Elena Pinderhughes)'

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

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah plays three different horns on his new album, Stretch Music (Introducing Elena Pinderhughes)-- the siren, the sirenette, and the reverse flugelhorn. They're horns by his own design. They are somewhat more difficult to play than the typical trumpet. They are as attuned to his style of play-- crafted, beaten and broken and lovingly bent to make music likely only he can make. They are as crafted and designed as his band, a group that has gone through a certain degree of molding over the years as well, and has been through its own loving process of craft together to make this music. They function as tools for expression, specialized as if for a surgeon forging new roads through medicine. Only this man can wield these horns, like John Henry's hammer. It's careful craft and attention to detail and design that to this same degree is the essence of Stretch Music, another in a fine line of Christian Scott albums that always seem to arrive at just the perfect times.

bar_big image

Quantic presents The Western Transient - 'A New Constellation'

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

One can never tell what Will Holland will do next. The producer for the last fifteen years has never ceased to amaze with the music he has made that seems somehow timeless in its soulfulness. He's like a fuzzy, musical nucleus that manages to keep time floating in orbit. That same feeling carries over to his latest venture, the group The Western Transient, which includes musicians like Sylvester Onyejiaka, aka Sly5thAve, and keyboardist Brandon Coleman. What results is a totally chill album called A New Constellation.