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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

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The Gloaming - "The Sailor's Bonnet"

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

Fiddle master Martin Hayes, guitarist Dennis Cahill, sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, hardanger innovator Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) joined forces in 2011 to form the Irish supergroup The Gloaming. With two studio albums under their belt, The Gloaming is set to release their first live album March 2nd entitled Live at the NCH on Real World Records.

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Kris Davis & Craig Taborn - 'Octopus'

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

Solo piano albums are tough listens. They're exercises in spacing, balance, dynamism, and are generally more intellectual exercises than most jazz albums. Duo piano albums are even tougher. One -- or a pair, really -- must really know what one is trying to pull off creating with such limitations, and have an even clearer idea when releasing that creation into the greater public. Kris Davis has always been an inventive, bold piano player. This is certainly true in her previous album, 2016's Duopoly, wherein she dueted with a coterie of exceptional musicians, but especially so the rapport she made with pianist Craig Taborn, so much so that the two have released a new duo album in that same spirit, Octopus, out now on Pyroclastic Records.

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Nils Frahm Featured in Crack Magazine Mini-Documentaries

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

For the past two years, German musician and composer Nils Frahm has been building a brand new studio in Berlin to record his 7th album, All Melody, released just last week on Erased Tapes Records. Awarded the Saal 3 studio in the historical 1950s East German Funkhaus building, Frahm spent hours deconstructing and reconstructing the entire space from the cabling and electricity to the woodwork, before moving on to the finer elements; building a pipe organ and creating a mixing desk all from scratch with the help of his friends, creating a very personal space where music can be nurtured and not neglected, and where he can somewhat fulfil his pursuit of presenting music to the world as close to his imagination as possible. To coincide with the release of All Melody, Crack Magazine released two extremely fascinating mini-documentaries, one on Frahm’s creative process and one on his studio. Watch them below.