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Jeremy Pelt - "Sir Carter" (Stream)

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

Every year, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt releases a new album, and every year it's an album that stays on folks' minds all year round. Typically, he releases his albums in January on the High Note label, but 2018's entry, Noir en Rouge - Live in Paris, needed just a touch more cooking and simmering, apparently, since it's set to release February 16th. Still, based on the first single from the track, "Sir Carter", featuring Victor Gould on piano, Vicente Archer on bass, Jonathan Barber on drums, and Jacquelene Acevedo on percussion, this sounds like it's going to be another of the great Jeremy Pelt albums that continues to warm every winter. Check out "Sir Carter" after the jump.

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Kneebody - "How High" feat. Inara George

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

There's something about the latest single from Kneebody that seems familiar. It floats through the air easily and Inara George's vocals float along with it. It's difficult to put a finger on it, but it works. You should see for yourself and check out the song, available through all sorts of means, after the jump.

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August Greene (Common, Robert Glasper, Karriem Riggins) - "Optimistic" feat. Brandy (Video)

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

This song is important. It's one of those Gospel songs that still works as a secular tune. Sounds of Blackness, the choir that put this song out in the 1990s, were a perfect group and this song had everything about that almost New Jack Swing sound of the time that defined R&B but, as noted, in a semi-Gospel way. That's what black folk do, innovate and meld like ducks to water. That's why this song is the perfect first single for the collaboration of rapper Common, man on all manner of keys Robert Glasper, and percussionist/producer Karriem Riggins called August Greene. With the help of another spectacular musician who also impressed a hell of a lot in the 1990s, Brandy, "Optimistic" is given new life and teaches a new generation how good this song is, and that it's not a bad thing to have "As long as you keep your head to the sky, you can win" rattling around in your head for twenty years. Check out the video for "Optimistic" after the jump.

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AJ Ghent [j-ent] - "Power"

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

AJ Ghent [J-ent] hails out of Fort Pierce, Florida, where he grew up surrounded by music. His great uncle Willie Eason was the creator of the “Sacred Steel Tradition,” while his grandfather Henry Nelson, the founder of the “Sacred Steel” rhythmic guitar style. Now in his early thirties and a virtuoso of the lap steel, Ghent [J-ent] is set to drop The Neo Blues Project, his six-track Ropeadope debut, March 16, 2018.

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The Eighth Annual Joe Sample Episode of The Line-Up for 2 February 2018

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

I haven't earnestly celebrated Joe Sample Day in a while here. I have at home on my own with my own listening habits, but since his passing in 2014, I hadn't dedicated a whole hour to the music of Joe Sample on The Line-Up around his birthday like I used to. This year, I decided to make a return to form.

The Line-Up for 2 February 2018