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Montreal Bassist Alex Lefaivre Debuts New Quartet (Stream)

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

Montreal, aside from hosting the world’s largest jazz festival, also harbors, like many other cities, a small yet resilient community of local musicians whose passion for jazz keeps the music alive all year long. One of the more notable figures of this scene is bassist Alex Lefaivre, member of the Parc X Trio, one of the city’s well-established bands, and founding member of Multiple Chord Music (MCM), an independent jazz label that currently holds 19 artists on its roster and has released over 30 recordings. As if that wasn’t enough, Lefaivre will be releasing YUL tomorrow, the debut album of his new quartet featuring Greg Osby disciple Erik Hove on alto saxophone, Nicolas Ferron on guitar, and Mark Nelson on drums.

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Jazz Group Kneebody Covers Rapper Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" (Video)

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

You’ve all heard “Bodak Yellow” by now, the 2017 hip-hop anthem that propelled rapper Cardi B to superstardom. With its dark and hypnotic vamp and its aggressive and provocative lyrics by a woman, it’s no mystery why it landed the number 24 spot on the year-end Billboard Hot 100, right above Childish Gambino’s “Redbone”. But what would happen if “Bodak Yellow”, the epitome of modern brainless commercial rap, was tackled from a jazz perspective, a genre who often alienates many with claims that it is too cerebral or intellectual?

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The Line-Up for 27 July 2018

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

I had a lot on my mind this past Friday that seemed to express itself through the set. It's still a quite good set.

The Line-Up for 27 July 2018

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fOUR - 'X.IT' (Album Review)

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

It would seem natural that all the work multi-instrumentalist Nate Wood has been doing under his solo project, fOUR, would be leading to an album. Wood has been releasing videos of his one take performances, playing new songs and every instrument, over the last year, blowing minds all the while. Now he's put the songs all together for the album X.IT, out Friday.

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Horne + Holt - 'Wires' (Album Review)

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

Horne + Holt, the instrumental duo of guitarist Jonathan Horne and cellist Randall Holt, sound simultaneously expansive and stark, at least they do on their latest album, Wires. The pair are masters at soundscapes and weirdness in assorted groupings (they've even graced the pixels of Nextbop together before alongside Thor Harris in the group Knest) and it is through these groupings where they have never strayed from the true oddness of their music. They've never seemed to have been hindered from creating what they want in the moment, so to have just the two of them playing off one another, riding a mood out as simply as possible, has a pure sense of beauty to it worth cherishing.