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Mike Lebrun - "Going Through the Emotions" feat. Amber Navran (Stream)

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

You may remember saxophonist Mike Lebrun from his work with pianist Josh Moshier. The two made a great pair, but when Moshier left Chicago to head to Los Angeles, Lebrun kept plugging along in his scene until he, too, departed for Los Angeles, started a label, Beakerbox Records, and is set to drop his solo album, Shades, on September 18th. To kick it all off, Lebrun just dropped the first single from Shades, the very cool "Going Through the Emotions" featuring Moonchild's Amber Navran on vocals. Check out the chill track that incorporates all the best elements of jazz with R&B after the jump.

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The Line-Up for 8 September 2017

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

I got even more opportunities to play some music I had wanted to add to the library for a little while now.

The Line-Up for 8 September 2017

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Nextbop Interviews Fabian Almazan Founder of Biophilia Records

Sebastien Helary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

You all know pianist Fabian Almazan as an accomplished musician, but what you may not know is that he also runs a environmentally-conscious music label named Biophilia. I caught up with Almazan to discuss the venture. You can read our exchange below. We’d also like to take this opportunity to announce that everyone who pledges $10 or more to our Patreon this month will be receiving a Biopholio™ (see below) valued at $20 courtesy of Biophilia and Nextbop. Unfortunately we have to limit this offer to residents of North America due to shipping costs. Thank you for your support.

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Christian Scott Featured in Gap Commercial "Skate Meet Horn"

Sebastien Helary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

It’s always nice to see one of ours break through the mainstream barrier. Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington and BADBADNOTGOOD come to mind as recent examples. Over here at Nextbop, it reinvigorates us and gives us hope that maybe someday jazz and the work that we do on these pages won’t be so niche. Jazz may be ailing but it sure isn’t dead. We will keep on fighting. These are some of the thoughts that came to mind when I learned Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah was featured in a brand new Gap commercial which you can watch below. Good for him.

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Black Diamond - 'Mandala'

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

Compellingly making a swinging post-bop sound is a bit of an accomplishment these days. A music that can get a bit cerebral always needs an anchor but knows when to drift. Maintaining a delicate balance requires a steady hand at the wheel; it's fascinating hearing a quartet that has two, yet in Mandala, the new album from the group Black Diamond let by tenor saxophonists Artie Black and Hunter Diamond, this is a configuration that is certainly driving places.