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Mopo - 'Mopocalypse'

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

Mopo is the trio out of Finland of Linda Fredriksson on alto & baritone saxophones, Eero Tikkanen on acoustic & electric bass and violin, and Eeti Nieminen on drums, percussion, and synthesiser. Their new album, Mopocalypse, out now on Finnish label We Jazz Records, shows this group as a tight group with a clean sound. It has just the right balance of slickness with grit, with Fredriksson's saxophones keeping the sound in the back end, Tikkanen's bass riding along nicely, and Nieminen's drums making for interesting turns. Their a group with a punkish sound with more structure.

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Soulive - 'Cinematics Vol. 1'

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

Soulive, the trio of drummer Alan Evans, guitarist Eric Krasno, and keyboardist Neal Evans, is back with their first album in six years, and their easing their way back with a little bit of mood music. Cinematics Vol. 1 is quick five-song EP described as a "series of soundtracks for the movies of your mind". This is most certainly the fact, making a soulful, not to flashy jam with a sweeping feel that certainly should be supporting a good many dramatic moments.

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The Line-Up for 16 March 2018

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

SXSW has ended and life assumes some sense of normalcy again. Jazz for the Masses was great and I'm excited to start thinking and planning for next year. While I was gone last week, I left this show for y'all.

The Line-Up for 16 March 2018

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The Line-Up for 9 March 2018

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

I dashed across town, schlepped up the hill upon which the Laurie Auditorium sits as Senator Bernie Sanders wrapped up his remarks, forged forward to the Jazz for the Masses VI which is next Wednesday, March 14, without hearing him speak. I had music to upload, some successfully and some not, all in the effort of making this show, promoting a day of performances that's sure to delight at a newly-expanded Lazarus Brewing Co. at 1902 E. 6th St. (Have I laid the pitch on heavily enough?) This hour, minus the super dope new Nels Cline 4 song and the closing Mndsgn track, is a taste of what's to come this week.

The Line-Up for 9 March 2018

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Nextbop Interviews Hailey Niswanger of MAE.SUN

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

There is a new energy awakening among a select few jazz musicians, whether explicit as in Marquis Hill’s latest EP Meditation Tape or implicit as in the album covers to Kamasi Washington’s The Epic and Dr. Lonnie Smith’s All In My Mind. Add to the ranks of this enlightened jazz elite, if we shall be so bold as to coin the term, the young stalwart saxophonist Hailey Niswanger and her latest incarnation MAE.SUN which released its debut Vol. 1: Inter-be last November. Undoubtedly one of our most pleasant revelations in recent memory, Vol. 1: Inter-be is a pure joy to listen to from beginning to end and an enlightening and transformative journey by way of musical discourse. This album is simply a must. Plus you have no excuses while it’s streaming free of charge on Bandcamp We caught up with Niswanger to discuss the project in further details.