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A Valediction Forbidding Jazz Mourning

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius

The most humbling thing about my involvement in the jazz community is my ever increasing cognizance of what I don't know. There are so many figures of whom I'm not aware and so many works I've yet to take to the time to hear. There's such a wide history of the genre I need to learn and the task often seems daunting. Yet I continue to press on and learn what I can and I appreciate what I know little by little. It is in that spirit that I always try to keep a certain degree of sincerity, especially for those (seemingly) monumental figures who pass on (in an ever increasing frequency).

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The Jazz Crossover Episode of The Slant for 7 February 2011

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius

KRTU Operations Manager (and occasional Nextbop contributor) J.D. Swerzenski dedicated his generally indie rock show, The Slant, to crossover jazz acts this week and apparently every Monday night throughout the rest of February. Essentially, he's taken half his show and turned it halfway into The Line-Up (imitation is the highest form of flattery). Such a show is just begging to be posted up on Nextbop, so here's last night's show which is certainly worth checking out.

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Argumentum Ad Nauseum

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius

Last night, my radio station held a listening party cocktail hour for some of its members. Our music director, Kory Cook, walked us through a few selections from bassist Christain McBride's large body of work. The sheer breadth of his talent certainly made him the ideal figure for such an event but at some point in the evening, around the time we were examining McBride's career in 2002, we happened upon a moment in which I was prodded on to answer a question I simultaneously often and never tire of answering: the legitimacy of the wide umbrella that is jazz's variety.

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Jason Moran Guest Blogs for Jozen Cummings' "Until I Get Married"

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius

I’ve been reading and loving Jozen Cummings’ blog, Until I Get Married for a good little while now. It’s partly a relationship blog but more a captivating daily blog of one man’s life as a single guy in Harlem. It’s certainly worth following everyday. So it was really a surprise today to see Cummings invite Jason Moran to give a list of five (relatively contemporary) jazz albums every single man should have. Moran goes at length on his rationale behind having albums from Robert Glasper, Cassandra Wilson, and others so make sure to head there today and check it out.

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The Line-Up for 21 January 2011

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius

I really had no clue what to play for this week. I almost just put together a whole show of Radiohead covers (that could still happen at some point). Still, I put together a show with a good mix of new and old that came together pretty well with little hints here and there for next week's show commemorating Joe Sample's birthday (on February 1st).