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Diego Barber - 'One Minute Later'

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

In the credits of his new album, One Minute Later, out now on Sunnyside, Diego Barber as listed as playing the classical guitar. Based on this album, this seems true in the most cursory, nominal sense. Maybe classic is a state of mind, maybe it's more of a contextual thing. If it is indeed based on context, Barber's playing alongside Ben Williams' bass, Eric Harland's drums, and Alejandro Coello's assorted instrumentation may not lend itself to the name classical.

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Adrian Ruiz Quintet Album Release Show, Jazz, Tx, San Antonio, Tx, May 23rd, 2017

Daniel J. Palmer
Contributing Writer
caffeinatedjazz@gmail.com / @caffeinatedjazz

Dr. Adrian Ruiz is a busy man. Between serving as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, his freelance work as a jazz trumpeter, and his continued dedication to The Adrian Ruiz Quintet, finding time to put together an album of originals of this high caliber must not have been an easy task.

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The Line-Up for 2 June 2017

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

My great-grandmother passed away last week at the age of 103 and it's taken up a lot of my brain. To some degree, her passing may have affected the picks on the show this week, but so, too, have a number of new album releases. It's the show doing what it usually does-- bringing the newness through the filter of me.

The Line-Up for 2 June 2017

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Digbii - 'Lonely Star'

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

Nothing wrong with coming across some new grooves on a Friday. Milwaukee-based Digbii’s new release, Lonely Star, should fit the bill. Digbii is a quartet of drums (Jay Arpin), bass (Dave Dinauer), keys (Craig Rigby), and sax (Ryan Meisel) whose songs are ambitious enough to have a clear reach to them but catchy enough to grab you. There’s a strong jazz component as well as a strong '70's rock component (think Steely Dan or maybe even Elton John) that makes for a pleasant surprise. Give it a digital spin after the jump and pick up the album at Digbii’s Bandcamp page.

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The Line-Up for 26 May 2017

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

I've been having a crummy time. My scooter is down and I don't know what's up with it. I got a flat tire on my bicycle on my way to the radio station. My 104-year-old great-grandmother's health took a turn for the worst. And the San Antonio heat is about to start flaring. However, this show fell on Miles Davis Day, and if anything can turn a mood, it's good music always pressing toward the new.

I got a flat tire on the way to the radio station, walking a bicycle instead of riding it, because I had to make sure there was music playing pressing toward the new to make things better and get my mind off my crummy time for a while, for an hour.

The Line-Up for 26 May 2017