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Now Vs Now - "Motion Potion" (Stream)

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

That absolute weirdo Jason Lindner is back with his group Now Vs Now with a new album, The Buffering Cocoon, out September 14th on Jazzland Recordings. NvN's third album, with bassist Panagiotis Andreou and drummer Justin Tyson, is pretty great (I've been listening to a preview stream and can't wait to tell you all about it). Lindner has found even odder depths of sound to uncover and he's synthier than ever. Take for example the first single off the new album, "Motion Potion". It's a dirty little jam that you'll want to rock for a while until The Buffering Cocoon drops in a couple months. Give it some play after the jump.

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The Line-Up for 13 July 2018

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

I had a good birthday weekend of which this show was part of it, because I always enjoy making this show. I did, however, break my phone on Friday, so that was a downer, but that doesn't have anything to do with this week's music.

The Line-Up for 13 July 2018

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The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra - 'Get It How You Live'

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

Russell Gunn's Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra has a lovely familiarity to it. Wes Funderburk & Gunn's arrangements for his large ensemble, headquartered out of Atlanta (and recorded at my own alma mater, Morehouse College), calls up numerous black musical influences, like it's an album that could play solidly through the Tom Joyner Morning Show, only interspersed by the radio soap "It's Your World". It's all laid out in their new album's introductory track, Get It How You Live's thesis-- that an intermingling of genres can find the right audience where fans from different quarters can end their squabbles. It's all in the choices: "Sybil's Blues" (otherwise known as the sample to Digable Planets' "Cool Like That", "If I Ever Fall in Love" by Shai, two DeBarge songs, Gunn's own "Lyne's Joint" (which has always sounded a couple steps away from being Janet Jackson's "I Get So Lonely"). Gunn has not chosen to make an album of jazz standards, but instead R&B encroaching on "old school joints", like the album is asking its listener what it knows about that music, youngblood? Thusly, like most other nostalgia-inducing works, Get It How You Live provides all the good feelings Gunn was going for so directly in these arrangements.

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Eric Hirsh - "To Comfort a Shadow" (Video)

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

Pianist Eric Hirsh has been a North Carolina staple for a while now, backing assorted groups (most notably hip-hop collective The Beast alongside Pierce Freelon) and providing a sensible, expressive touch. However, it is only now that he is releasing his first album of original compositions as a leader-- Distillation, out August 10th. Now in the lead up to Distillation's release, Hirsch has just dropped the first single and studio video of "To Comfort a Shadow", featuring his band of bassist Pete Kimosh, drummer Stephen Coffman, and tenor saxophonist Aaron Hill. It's an easygoing 11 minutes that's a gentle roll you're sure to enjoy. Check it out after the jump.

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Javier Santiago - 'Phoenix'

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

The ease with which one can cling to keyboardist Javier Santiago is very reminiscent, oddly enough, of the better corners of smooth jazz. Santiago as a leader melds the best elements of jazz, R&B, and soul in very contemporary senses while maintaining an accessibility that can please many. This is an album that celebrates nature, so why would a human connection to tones not be apparent? There's something easy about listening to Phoenix out now on Ropeadope, which makes it something easy to listen to over and over again.