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Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints - "Libra"

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

Saxophonist Joe Lovano is a musician whose career I have been following for quite some time. His sound is timeless and exciting gaining momentum and grace as the years elapse. His latest outing, Scandal sees him reuniting Sound Prints, the quintet he co-leads with trumpeter Dave Douglas and featuring the stellar rhythm section of Lawrence Fields (Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts) on piano, Linda May Han Oh (Pat Metheny, Nextbop's #1 Favorite Jazz Album of 2017) on bass, and veteran Joey Baron on drums.

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'Sun Speak with Sara Serpa'

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

Sun Speak, the Chicago duo of guitarist Matt Gold and drummer Nate Friedman, have always sounded great together. Since their 2014 debut, the pair have made a tight sound that works simply but makes epic leaps. We've been charmed by them for years. So the idea of changing up this dynamic by adding a vocalist made us briefly take pause. However, we should have known to trust these aural craftsmen to add just the perfect ethereal element to their music, and for their third album, out April 27th on Flood Music, they made the perfect choice working with NYC-based Portuguese vocalist Sara Serpa.

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Javier Santiago feat. Proper-T - "Yesterday" (Video)

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

Keyboardist and producer Javier Santiago has been flying under the radar ever since the release of his 2015 debut EP The Year of the Horse, much to our chagrin we might add. It was therefore with true glee that we rejoiced at the news of a new EP by the young pianist. Verses, which dropped last week, sees the maturing Santiago venture further into the realm of neo soul while nonetheless staying true to his jazz roots. This is accomplished by the welcome addition of vocalists Proper-T, Amyna, Farr Well, Vinny Crook$ and Melanie Charles to the mix. Watch the video for “Yesterday”, the lead single off the EP below. Better yet, if you like what you hear, go cop the record on Bandcamp!

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The Line-Up for 5 April 2018

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

Something went wrong with the archive last week so while last week's show did indeed run live, there was no subsequent stream to run for last week at Nextbop (or anywhere else, for that matter), so I decided to tend to the same general idea of songs from last week to this week for everyone's enjoyment.

The Line-Up for 5 April 2018

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Mary Halvorson - 'Code Girl'

Brian Kiwanuka
Contributing Writer
bkiwanuka91@gmail.com

If there is one word that cannot be used to describe Mary Halvorson, it's stagnant. In the past decade, the unconventional guitarist has been consistently expanding the range of her creativity, appearing on a staggering amount of recordings while developing a strikingly singular compositional approach. Code Girl, the name of Halvorson's latest record and band, stands adjacent from the progression that began in 2008 on Dragon's Head. Instead of adding another musician to the original trio with Ches Smith (drums) and John Hébert (bass), which has slowly grown into an extraordinary Octet, Halvorson looks to Thumbscrew, a collaborative band with Tomas Fujiwara (drums) and Michael Formanek (bass), and makes two exciting additions, Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet) and Amirtha Kidambi (vocals).