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The Line-Up for 26 December 2014

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

Twas the night after Christmas and all through the station, not a creature was stirring except ADH, still vivacious. Well, maybe vivacious, it rhymes. That and this show was pretty simple to put together since it's all from Nextbop/Art of Cool's Favorite Jazz Albums of 2014 list. That and the aforementioned lack of stirring through the station because no one showed up today, so I'm making a show pretty quickly and free of distractions. That also means I've crammed as much of that list into this hour as I could.

The Line-Up for 26 December 2014

Otis Brown III - The Thought of You feat. Bilal
I think the best thing about this song, and the whole three part series, is its pure coolness. It burns.
DJ Harrison - Echo Parking
Harvey Mason - Black Frost feat. Kamasi Washington
Chameleon has a great mix of originals and covers, but all throughout the album, this pick of covers remins the listener why these songs are so enjoyable. They endure in an interesting sort of pocket and Mason with this band breathes new life into them.
Sean Jones - Dr. Jekyll
I'm always glad Ben Gray is aware to look out for things in this pocket. Sean Jones' im.pro.vise… may have been the best showing this year for this style.
Ryan Keberle & Catharsis - Inevitable Blues
I didn't give Into the Zone a chance, but I'm glad J.D. Swerzenski did.
Makaya - Late
Steve Lehman Octet - 13 Colors
What more can I say about Steve Lehman?
The Bad Plus - I Hear You
The opener to Inevitable Western is doing so much so subtly, its brilliance creeps up on you.
James Farm - Farms
Nobody can cruise on a ballad like Joshua Redman.
Mndsgn - Convert
Stan Douglas - Luanda
This wasn't a conventional pick, but I love how this list can get weird and unconventional. Ben Gray picking the looping music for an art installation is definitely unconventional, but damn it all if I didn't get psyched when Gray shared the files with me one day and I was just as hypnotised as he was.
Takuya Kuroda - Mala
This is your friendly reminder that Takuya Kuroda grew into one of the coolest trumpeters around and if you don't know, now you know.
Eric Harland's Voyayer - Eminence
Vipassana is so much everything-- great jazz, a soulful, R&B tinge,
Jonti - Pássaros
Phronesis - Phraternal
I had to add this song to the library just because I wanted the last track of this show to fit just right. I seemed to have fallen into a mood while trying to convey the list.