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Rafiq Bhatia - "Breaking English" (Live Session Video)

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

If we're talking a lot about guitarist Rafiq Bhatia's upcoming new album, Breaking English, a whole lot, it's largely because we're really excited about it. Besides, the album drops tomorrow on Anti- and folks need to know. To help in that process, Bhatia just dropped a live video session version of the title track(in letterbox, oddly). Watch it after the jump and cop Breaking English when it releases (also keep in mind drummer compatriot Ian Chang also has a new EP dropping next Friday that you may want to consider, too).

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Caroline Davis - 'Heart Tonic'

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

Alto saxophonist Caroline Davis knows her way around a tune. Her songs on her new album, Heart Tonic, can be angular, smooth, poppy, earnest jams, or driving runs. She's a player and a composer with a great deal of range and enchanting execution, and she leads a damn fine band, too.

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KLYPH - Eins (Valley) [Video]

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

Cliff Hines makes musical soundscapes. His work is layered and textured and never afraid of experimentation. This is certainly clear with his work on the guitar for Christian Scott, Mike Dillon, Brad Walker, and numerous other folks. Lately, he's been branching out with synths and circuits to intriguing effect with his group KLYPH (they've even played Nextbop's Jazz for the Masses at SXSW a few years back). So yes, Cliff Hines has found another means to make musical weirdness in awesome ways. KLYPH just dropped a video for the song "Eins (Valley)" before the EP drops May 27th. Check it out after the jump.

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The Line-Up for 30 March 2018

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

I spent last weekend at FL!GHT Camp, a camping fundraiser for the kooky little San Antonio art gallery where I help out, and had to leave this show here in my stead, but I've been gathering new music in the last week that I've been wanting to put together for this show and I think it all worked out.

The Line-Up for 30 March 2018

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Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective Drop New Single "Dear Jimi"

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

Terence Blanchard and his band the E-Collective are back with a new album entitled Live, set to drop April 20th on Blue Note Records. Following their politically-charged 2015 release Breathless, aimed at raising awareness against police brutality (more specifically the Eric Garner incident), Live is the next logical step in the progression taking aim at the staggering cyclical epidemic of gun violence in America. The music of Live was symbolically recorded at venues in three communities that have experience escalating conflicts between law enforcement and African American citizens and condemns gun violence of all manner whether against profiled citizens of color or targeted members of law enforcement. Joining Blanchard are Charles Altura on guitar, Fabian Almazan on piano and synthesizers, Oscar Seaton on drums, and new addition David “DJ” Ginyard on bass.