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The Line-Up for 8 April 2011

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

I'm feeling much less under the weather than I was last week, still the cough is still nagging while the music this week is still banging.

Gretchen Parlato - Juju
I am quite happy with Parlato's latest album, The Lost and Found. I think she's moving forward as a musician and vocalist quite well. She's making interesting song selections and the Robert Glasper touch in production shows quite well. She's growing into one of the great jazz vocalists of our era.
Austin Peralta - Capricornus
I asked myself when was the last time I played some Austin Peralta. I'm still loving Endless Planets so it had to have been too long.
Jason Parker - Way to Blue
The biggest surprise of Parker's latest album, Five Leaves Left: A Tribute to Nick Drake, is Josh Rawlings on piano. When he cuts loose, these songs really play.
Noah Preminger - Quickening
Computer selection, leaving it at that
Mostly Other People Do the Killing - Round Bottom, Square Top
Folks have been talking about this group for some time and I have yet to ever hear any of their stuff... until now.
Stevie Wonder - Contusion
I realize I haven't played this song in a while so I figured it was time for it to resurface.
Mickey and the Soul Generation - Chocolate
This soul set just sort of grew and grew from songs the computer picked into all I could cram into a certain amount of time. By the time I had arranged everything, I ended up with this selection here.
George Benson - Water Brother
The same could be said for this track here. After a while, I asked what was short and could fit here in this time slot so I don't go over time too much for the hour. I think these picks paid off.
Herbie Hancock - The Essence feat. Chaka Khan
Not a lot of people talk about Hancock's 2001 album, Future 2 Future. It's not really one of his best ones but there are still some pretty good tracks on it and it's worth a revisiting spin every now and again. Let this track here be a jogging of your memory of an album that's still pretty decent, even though folks may have not have fully embraced it when it dropped ten years ago. Besides, is there ever not a time for Chaka Khan?
Christian McBride - The Wizard of Montara
The computer actually chose another McBride song to close out the show but as I started playing songs, I had to rearrange stuff for time and this shorter tune fit. Not a bad replacement, either.

Mic Breaks
Nujabes - Tsurugi No Mai
Ethereal - Big Bluff...
Quantic and His Cosmic Barbaro - Cancao Do Deserto
Zero 7 - Look Up
Nujabes - World Without Words