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Gauthier Toux Trio - "Filter" (Stream)

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

French pianist Gauthier Toux has been racking up awards on the European circuit with his progressive blend of jazz music. His newest album, The Colours You See, is set to drop May 4th on UK label Naim Records (Yazz Ahmed, Get The Blessing, Sons Of Kemet). Joined by drummer Maxence Sibille, and double bassist Kenneth Dahl Knudsen as well as special guests Christophe Panzani on saxophone, Erwan Valazza on guitar, and Zacharie Ksyk on trumpet, The Colours You See is an eleven-track exposé examining the relationship between color and light, and the identity that they impose on our relationship with music and the world around us. “On this new album, I wanted to highlight a very personal vision of colors,” says Toux, “colors have always been very intriguing to me, especially since I discovered that I was color-blind. Since then, I have never stopped asking myself how to perceive them differently, to try to go beyond the name given to each color. Title after title, I put music to anecdotes connecting me to these colors and lights.” You can stream “Filter”, the latest single off The Colours You See below.

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Kiefer - "What A Day" (Stream)

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

I wish I could talk about Mndsgn more often (bear with me, here, I'll get to the feature). His last two albums have been staples in my library and floated along as the background music of many a mic break on The Line-Up. Live reworkings of Ringgo Ancheta's jazz-hip hop-R&B inflected music, though, involves the work of an equally impressive set of musicians. This is where keyboardist Kiefer Shackelford comes into play. He's backed Moses Sumney and Anderson.Paak, studied under Kenny Burrell at UCLA, and became part of the young LA scene. Hell, his remix of a Braxton Cook's "Pariah" is pretty nice. Now he's gearing up to release his sophomore album (his debut, Kickinit Alone, dropped last year on LEAVING Records), Happysad on Stones Throw, current home of the aforementioned Mndsgn (it's the Circle of Life, Simba). It's an album "focused on both joy and sadness, and how they are always intertwined". If it all sounds close to the first single, "What A Day", we've got some dopeness to look forward to in a couple months. Stream it after the jump.

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Martin Nevin - "Sculpting in Time" (Video)

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

Bassist and composer Martin Nevin has shared the stage with the likes of Albert “Tootie” Heath, Greg Osby, Ethan Iverson, and Ambrose Akinmusire, but Tenderness is Silent, to be released June 29th, marks his debut as a leader. Hard to categorize, drawing inspiration as much from jazz as from chamber music, Nevin’s compositions are introspective, deeply contemplative and cerebral in nature. Joined by Craig Weinrib on drums, Sam Harris on piano, and Roman Filiu and Kyle Wilson on saxophones, Nevin constantly challenges our wits with twists and turns worthy of an Agatha Christie novel. This could explain why he recently received an award from the Jerome Fund for New Music by the American Composers Forum. The album name, Tenderness is Silent (titled after a poem by Anna Akhmatova), refers to the inadequacy of words in expressing the most important and deepest of all feelings. When love is present it is unmistakable, inexpressible, and silent. The music occupies that silence. You can watch the video for “Sculpting in Time” taken from the recording session below.

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Jesse Fischer - "Punjab" (Stream)

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

Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson would have turned 81 today. Everybody's got their favorites and Henderson is pianist/producer Jesse Fischer's. So in tribute of the legend, Fischer just dropped the first single to his upcoming album, Flipped II, his take on Henderson's tune, "Punjab", featuring Billy Buss on trumpet, Godwin Louis on alto sax, and Fischer filling in all the other nooks and crannies with his particular ear for production melded with his distinct flair on the keys. It's a cool tune worth copping on Fischer's Bandcamp (because dude understands the importance of Bandcamp for artists as opposed to other, less equitable streaming services), particularly since it's linked after the jump.

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The Line-Up for 20 April 2018

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

Last Friday fell on 4/20, which is always nice, but was also just a Friday. As usual, that means Friday had a good Line-Up. I kept to what newness came to the radio station mostly this week since I forgot my external hard drive at home, but there's definitely plenty of newness to go around.

The Line-Up for 20 April 2018