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Mopo - 'Mopocalypse'

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

Mopo is the trio out of Finland of Linda Fredriksson on alto & baritone saxophones, Eero Tikkanen on acoustic & electric bass and violin, and Eeti Nieminen on drums, percussion, and synthesiser. Their new album, Mopocalypse, out now on Finnish label We Jazz Records, shows this group as a tight group with a clean sound. It has just the right balance of slickness with grit, with Fredriksson's saxophones keeping the sound in the back end, Tikkanen's bass riding along nicely, and Nieminen's drums making for interesting turns. Their a group with a punkish sound with more structure.

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Soulive - 'Cinematics Vol. 1'

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

Soulive, the trio of drummer Alan Evans, guitarist Eric Krasno, and keyboardist Neal Evans, is back with their first album in six years, and their easing their way back with a little bit of mood music. Cinematics Vol. 1 is quick five-song EP described as a "series of soundtracks for the movies of your mind". This is most certainly the fact, making a soulful, not to flashy jam with a sweeping feel that certainly should be supporting a good many dramatic moments.

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16 the Olympus - s/t EP

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

16 the Olympus is a friendly outfit. There's a sense of epicness grasped for in the arch of their songs, but the effusiveness of the group seems to break through whatever gargantuan notions they may have. This seems to make sense for a group coming from San Antonio, Texas, the city with the tortilla chip on her shoulder. Yet this quintet is one of those local rare birds that can't be overlooked when checking out the landscape. Fortunately, they just released a five song EP shat shows them off well.

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Glenn Zaleski - 'Solo Vol. 1'

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

Pianist Glenn Zaleski has a new solo piano album out now. It's a simple affair, not too flashy or ostentatious. He's playing standards with a gentle deftness. He's not making some monumental effort like he's trying to be Keith Jarrett. However, this isn't a wholly throwaway endeavor. Yes, it's a free album available for download at his website with all the seriousness such a freely given creation seems to evoke, but he's really sharing with us all the beauty he's able to make when he, with some degree of carefully-considered craft, sits down at the piano and plays.

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Nutria - 'Call to the Air'

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

Nutria is the New Orleans-based trio of tenor saxophonist/overall reedist Bryon Asher, bassist Trey Bourdreax, and drummer Shawn Myers. The three got together in 2014 at the graduate program at the University of New Orleans and have found that kind of matching sensibility that just shows in their playful, easygoing, but not in the least drolly pleasant music. Together, they have a rich, round sound with an immense charm worth checking out with their second album together, Call to the Air, out now on Breakfast 4 Dinner Records.