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The Line-Up for 9 February 2018

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

I'm doubling back on a bunch of ideas from two weeks ago but one of my mottos has always been "do what works".

The Line-Up for 9 February 2018

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Nextbop Radio Hour (Ep. 6 | The Bad Plus Edition)

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

Point blank, without The Bad Plus, there would be no Nextbop. These Are the Vistas completely opened my eyes to a new and exciting musical universe which we try to feature on these humble pages. These Are the Vistas simply blew my mind. It showed me there was so much more we could do with a piano, a bass and a drum (and sometimes children’s musical instruments and toys). It was exciting. It was novel. It was different. It was unapologetic. It was loud. There was no one I idolized more in high school than TBP. There was no moment more joyous than putting their newest album in my CD player and pressing play. There was no band I wanted to see more live and as many times as possible. I strongly believe TBP made me who I am today and by extension is the reason this very website exists. For all these reasons, I was sad to hear that Ethan Iverson was leaving the band. I’m assuming it’s for the best but it marks nonetheless then end of an era, which I wanted to celebrate one last time with a new edition of the Nextbop Radio Hour featuring a track from each and every TBP album with Ethan. Thank you for everything you’ve done to date, Mr. Iverson. Looking forward to seeing what the future has in store now.

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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.