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The Line-Up for 31 December 2010

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

This week's New Year's Eve episode of The Line-Up, the last episode of 2010, is a recap of Nextbop's Best Jazz Albums of 2010 list. So it's going to be a little difficult coming up with an entirely different set of words after all the writing I've done this week. Nonetheless, this is a show that depicts what we believe to be the best cutting edge jazz of the last year. I figure a few more works to back up this music would be worth it.

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2010: A Rebuilding Year

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

I’m going to take some time and be completely frank here. I honestly wasn’t wowed with most of the jazz albums released this year. Maybe I should attribute that to not having a computer most of this year and thus didn’t have the means to listen to as much music as I would have liked. Maybe some of the most awesome musical ideas in jazz were tapped in 2009 (I still take time to regularly listen to Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society’s Infernal Machines and I would have put Jason Lindner’s Now vs. Now on this year’s list if I could have). However, I’d like to think that 2010 was still a great year in jazz because we’ve focused more on how we can manage ourselves and put our best foot forward as a higher priority. 2010 has been for jazz what it has been for the rest of the world in the midst of a global economic meltdown: a rebuilding year.

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The Line-Up for 24 December 2010

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

For some reason, I had a shortage of ideas for jazz Christmas music. Also, KRTU has played quite a bit of it earlier anyway. I figure half a show of Christmas music will suffice for this Christmas Eve episode.

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Quick News Notes This Christmas Eve

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

We’ve got a few things that we’ve wanted to mention very quickly but haven’t had the chance to until now…

First off, close friend of Nextbop Christian Scott is asking for our support in Louisiana’s Offbeat Magazine’s 2010 Best of the Beat Awards. Scott is up for Best Contemporary Jazz Artist and Best Contemporary Jazz Album for Yesterday You Said Tomorrow (which is in consideration for Nextbop’s Best Jazz Albums of 2010, the list drops next week). Don’t make us get all creepy like Daniel Day-Lewis in Gangs of New York so vote early and vote often.

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Why Being a Jazz Blogger Matters

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

Recently I had a fight with a friend of mine who is a musician. He’s a musician in a genre I don’t quite understand but, being the kind of person who makes strides to be open minded, I tried to support him in his endeavors. I listened to his stuff when I had the opportunity. I critiqued his work with a seemingly good balance of my limited knowledge in musical structure but with a fair amount of encouragement. I prodded him on to perform live more often. I tried to be a good friend, yet these attempts were not often reciprocated. It seemed he did not feel that my background and work as a writer did not merit the criticism I typically dole out in the areas of film, advertising, and music. Too often, I had to defend what it is that I do as a writer, yet the arguments I made, while measured, fell on deaf ears. Yet despite all this (and the likely deterioration of this friendship), I can’t say enough how I feel that what I do matters.