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REVIVE Music Debuts New Independent Label Division with the Release of Freelance's 'Yes Today' (Video)

Sébastien Hélary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

We’ve always been huge fans of REVIVE Music, the ever-evolving multi-faceted operation spearheaded by fellow jazz fanatic and founder Meghan Stabile. We greatly admire their entrepreneurial spirit and their passion for the music, which they incessantly preach to anyone who will take the time to listen. REVIVE runs an online publication similar to ours, but also organizes and promotes unique and innovative concerts featuring the who’s who of the neo jazz illuminati. A few years ago, they also teamed up with Blue Note Records to co-release three groundbreaking albums, namely drummer Otis Brown III’s The Thought of You, the group effort REVIVE Music Presents: Supreme Sonacy (Vol. 1), and saxophonist Marcus Strickland’s Nihil Novi. Not content to rest on her laurels, Stabile is now taking things a step further with the launch of a new independent label division marked by the May 11th release of Harlem-based collective Freelance’s debut Yes Today.

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The Mattson 2 Cover John Coltrane's "Resolution" (Video)

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

Identical twins Jonathan and Jared Mattson have been playing expressive, stripped down jazz for a little while now, gaining plaudits and attention from unconventional corners (their last album was alongside Chaz Bear, aka Toro y Moi). Now the duo are releasing an interesting project-- their own rendition of John Coltrane's iconic album, A Love Supreme. It's certainly more brief, more direct, and has to do a whole lot with a little, but they pull off the feat well. Take for example their version of "Resolution" below, and then cop The Mattson 2 Play A Love Supreme when it drops August 17th on Spiritual Pajamas.

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Saxophonist Donny McCaslin Reunites David Bowie's Blackstar Band On New Album (Video)

Sébastien Hélary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

Two and a half years ago, David Bowie released Blackstar days before his death (read Staff Writer Alex Marianyi’s review). The album, Bowie’s final masterpiece, put front and center a jazz band, namely saxophonist Donny McCaslin’ Quartet comprised of keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Mark Guiliana, in a move that would perplex some yet delight many. Despite McCaslin's extensive, acclaimed career, his experience collaborating with Bowie was so profound that it altered how he approached his craft. "His aesthetic in the studio was, 'Go for what you're hearing, don't worry about what it's going to be called or categorized as,'" McCaslin recalls of the late icon. "'Let's have some fun. Let's make some music.'" Now, two and a half years after Blackstar's release, McCaslin returns with Blow., a new definitive statement that fully realizes Bowie's influence and McCaslin’s evolved artistic direction.

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The Line-Up for 3 August 2018

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

This week felt appropriate to play a bunch of long cuts.

The Line-Up for 3 August 2018

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Rotem Sivan - "Indian Ocean" (Video)

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

Guitarist Rotem Sivan is preparing to release a new album, My Favorite Monster, on August 31st. He's going harder on this one, finding a more rock-tinged edge of his usual dazzling style of play. It's very much a natural progression of his sound and is definitely something you'll want to check out when it drops at the end of the month. To get things started, Sivan just released the video for the first track, "Indian Ocean" (which curiously features a bunch of anime). Check it out after the jump and make sure to pre-order My Favorite Monster before its August 31st release.