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'Jazz Loves Disney 2' (Preview Video)

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

Proprietary cash grab projects are kinda the pits, and this project almost seems to fit in that ideal, but this compilation, produced by Jay Newland, and arranged and directed by Rob Mousey, does look kinda interesting. I mean, I'd want to hear Laura Mvula sing "Stay Awake" from Mary Poppins. How is that kid everyone's talking about, the multi-talented Jacob Collier, going to tackle The Little Mermaid's "Under the Sea"? And who better than Jamie Cullum to take on the role of Cogsworth? So if the kid in you if fond of a little nostalgia, check out the teaser video for the album below.

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Vijay Iyer - 'Far From Over'

Brian Kiwanuka
Contributing Writer
bkiwanuka91@gmail.com

There has always been an air of adventure about his music, but since Vijay Iyer has started releasing records on ECM, the acclaimed pianist has really been exploring. Iyer's ECM debut came in the form of the hard left turn that was Mutations in 2014 - the only Iyer album which features him composing for a string quartet. In his 2015 ECM release he reconnected his long-running trio with Stephan Crump (bass) and Marcus Gilmore (drums) to create an extremely rhythmically interesting album that may the group's best work yet in Break Stuff. Last year, he followed Break Stuff with a fantastic album that was built for the pristine, ethereal aesthetic of ECM production, the airy and experimental avant-garde collaboration with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke. A cursory listen to any of these releases side by side will reveal that, aside from the presence of Iyer himself, the only thing that they really have in common is that they are all radically different from each other. On Iyer's latest ECM release, he continues the trend of difference, trading the sparse duo format for a powerful sextet that includes Crump (bass), Tyshawn Sorey (drums), Graham Haynes (cornet, flugelhorn, electronics), Mark Shim (tenor saxophone) and Steve Lehman (alto saxophone). After a few listens to Far From Over, it is clear that the Vijay Iyer Sextet has released a fascinating record that has the potential to be remembered as one of the pianist's grandest achievements.

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Matt Mitchell - 'A Pouting Grimace'

Miller Wrenn
Contributing Writer
millerwrenn@gmail.com / @MillerWrenn

On A Pouting Grimace (Pi Recordings), Matt Mitchell’s fifth outing as a leader, the pianist has created, along with producer David Torn, an otherworldly musical ecosystem through a uniquely orchestrated large ensemble and seemingly endless rhythmic, melodic, and textural invention.

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The Line-Up for 13 October 2017

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

I spent a big chunk of last week at the radio station helping with our fall membership drive which wrapped up early on Wednesday (though you can still give to KRTU at join.krtu.org) so this is pretty much a regular Line-Up that should stand to the typical level of quality without as many throws to an entirely different website.

The Line-Up for 13 October 2017

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Thundercat - "Show You The Way" (Video)

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

Bassist Thundercat's Drunk, released earlier this year on Brainfeeder, is still very much a dope album. To remind you of its dopeness, that wacko has released yet another music video, this time for the yacht rock single, "Show You the Way" featuring Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. On top of that, the video concept is a sequel to the "Them Changes" video. Altogether, it's something is you really need to see, so check it out after the jump.