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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.

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Saxophonist Uri Gurvich Set to Release 'Kinship'

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

Israeli-born, New York-based saxophonist Uri Gurvich is set to release is third album as a leader, Kinship, September 8th on the French label Jazz Family. Kinship brings together a stellar multinational cast in Argentinian pianist Leo Genovese, known for his work with Esperanza Spalding; Bulgarian bassist Peter Slavov, a member of Joe Lovano’s Us Five; and the Cuban drummer Francisco Mela, who holds the much-coveted drum chair in McCoy Tyner’s trio.

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The Line-Up for 1 September 2017

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

It's the start of September, fall is beginning, and there's a heap of new music in that is just begging for airtime.

The Line-Up for 1 September 2017

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Portico Quartet - 'Art in the Age of Automation'

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

It's always been hard to peg down the precise sound of the Portico Quartet. The group with the baddest hang (the steel drum, not the conceptual loitering full of camaraderie) in the game has always had electronica elements melded into jazz sensibilities, and with previous efforts to swing the pendulum away from the jazz genre, it's been even more difficult to know what exactly these guys have been up to. However, they've always been master craftsmen and their return back to an earlier sensibility as the Portico Quartet after their 2015 excursion into a more electronic direction, the staid discipline of their sound remains but the jazz sensibility persists nevertheless in their latest album, Art in the Age of Automation, out now on Gondwana Records.