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But How Do You Sell It?

[Anthony Dean-Harris]
Editor-In-Chief
anthonydeanharris@gmail.com / @retronius

As we come off the heels of a couple very pulse pounding weeks, I found myself in a bit of a quandary as it relates to writing. I recently went through a case of writer’s lethargy (akin to writer’s block but instead of lacking ideas on which to write, I lacked the motivation to write at all). After that passed, I lacked the capacity to write as I should since my computer died. (Now accepting donations so I can buy a new computer and so these hits can keep on coming.) But one rather difficult obstacle was figuring out how to write a column in a given week in the midst of artist-specific dedicated weeks on Nextbop.

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The Gospel According to Miles

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-In-Chief
anthonydeanharris@gmail.com / @retronius

Originally published in Reflections Magazine, an [African-American Reflections] publication.

I have been blessed to write about what I have called time and again “my first love after Jesus.” I find it to be a rather thrilling task to undertake, but it comes with a certain challenge. In essence, I’m speaking about an art form that many consider dead. There are those who when talk of jazz comes up, thoughts go to Nat King Cole or Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Few think about the players today like Vijay Iyer or Brad Mehldau, Gretchen Parlato or Esperanza Spalding. Jazz is a form that continually grows, advances, and adapts to the times but what it doesn’t seem to do is let enough people know about those changes.

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The Ongoing Tastemaker

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-In-Chief
anthonydeanharris@gmail.com / @retronius

As the music industry continues to go through its bellyaching and permutations, it’s rather difficult to stay optimistic about it all. It’s even more difficult to try to predict the future. In this ever-changing landscape, folks are forming opinions about the industry coming from over hill and dale.

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If You Cannot Say Something Nice

Written by [Anthony Dean-Harris]

One part of being in the jazz blogosphere that I sort of like is the idea of having colleagues. These are the folks that I typically hyperlink in my weekly posts. From time to time, something comes up on one person’s radar and reaction spreads through the rest of the blogosphere. One minor blip came from a certain jazz video blogger that due to editorial suggestion here at Nextbop, I’m not going to link or embed.

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Brad Mehldau Has Done It Again

Written by [Anthony Dean-Harris]

I couldn’t be happier to write about [Brad Mehldau] in the wake of his releasing his new album, [Highway Rider]. It was Mehldau who forever changed the way I thought about jazz music. Mehldau has been considered for some time to be at the forefront of the modern jazz movement (as Nate Chinen has been noting with great fervency at [his blog] last week). His dalliances with a wide variety of genres ranging from indie rock to classical to opera have poised him to become a catch-all ringleader of the current modern jazz movement.