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THIEFS - "I Live in Fear" (Single)

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

THIEFS, the trio of saxophonist Christophe Panzani, bassist Keith Witty, and drummer David Frazier, Jr., are getting ready to release their sophomore album later this month, GRAFT. This is a long way from their 2013 self-titled debut album (back when the group included Guillermo E. Brown on drums and vocals). Now, the group has a larger sound, have added a bevy of collaborators (including pianist Aaron Parks, vocalist Mike Ladd, and the aforementioned Brown), and a new sense of vim and vigor. You can certainly hear it in the first single off GRAFT, "I Live in Fear", featuring Mike Ladd & Gaël Faye. Check out the teaser video below and the song in full in the Bandcamp player (where you can pre-order the album now before it drops January 26th) after the jump.

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Nextbop's Album of the Month Club

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

Dear readers,

Today is a glorious day as we are announcing the beginning of a new journey for you, for us and for our humble little website. Nextbop has always strived to bring you the finest in new and innovative types of jazz music through its writing. We are now proud to introduce to you the Nextbop Album of the Month Club, which will henceforth be bringing you our favorite cuts of modern jazz music in all of its physical beauty straight to your doorstep.

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Jaimie Branch - 'Fly or Die'

Brian Kiwanuka
Contributing Writer
bkiwanuka91@gmail.com

Although Jaimie Branch has been playing music for a while now, having been part of the Chicago jazz scene before her recent move to Brooklyn, Fly or Die is her debut as a bandleader. The trumpeter's band is made up of Jason Ajemian (bass), Chad Taylor (drums) and notably cellist Tomeka Reid, whose quartet had a standout release in 2015. The main quartet is occasionally joined by Matt Schneider (guitar) and two cornetists, Ben Lamar Gay and Josh Berman. Debut albums in jazz can be a tricky business. In the case of a musician like Branch, who has been a side-woman in past studio recordings, the goal should be to firmly plant a compelling and distinct compositional voice on the recording, and that is exactly what she has done in Fly or Die.

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The Line-Up for 29 December 2017

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

Happy New Year! I always feel listless after the Season of Lists ends so I figured I'd let the season linger on a bit longer by playing through my favorite albums of the year for my last show of the year. It's the radio version of my list, which made things particularly easy to program. There should be all sorts of new things next week, I can feel it.

The Line-Up for 29 December 2017

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John Raymond & Real Feels - "Joy Ride"

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

Trumpeter John Raymond has been leading Real Feels, his band comprised of guitarist Gilad Hekselman and drummer Colin Stranahan, for over four year now. The trio is set to drop Joy Ride, their sophomore album, February 9th on Sunnyside Records. The majority of the music on Joy Ride was written during a self-imposed, month-long retreat in which Raymond spent hours composing each day. Among the priorities for the music was Raymond's desire to connect to his listeners, so rather than compose "heady" or complex songs, he focused on simplifying and writing music that people could sing along to. You can stream a live version of the title track, “Joy Ride”, below. Joy Ride, the album, drops February 9th on Sunnyside and is available to pre-order now at you favorite online retailers.