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Anteloper (Jaimie Branch & Jason Nazary) - "Ohoneotree Suite" (Stream)

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

Trumpeter Jaimie Branch, who wowed the masses with last year's Fly or Die, is a frequent collaborator with drummer Jason Nazary (of Bear in Heaven, Little Women, Helado Negro). Together, with the addition of synthesizers into their sound, the pair are Anteloper, exploring psychedelic directions and feeling quite free. They're set to release their album (or, er, cassette), Kudu, April 20th on the International Anthem label, so be on the lookout for that. In the meantime, take a while and bask in the odd expanse that is the first single, "Ohoneotree Suite", after the jump while preordering the album.

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Zack Nestel-Patt - 'River Run'

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

Bassist/composer Zack Nestel-Patt describes his debut album, River Run, as having "the sensibilities of an indie rock album" while still rooted in jazz elements and the "tradition of improvised music". It's a succinct, but accurate descriptor of his work. River Run has the jumble of the avant-garde with the gentle temperance and focus one would hear from Bon Iver or Grizzly Bear. Altogether, there's something particular here, something special, something that allows for grandiosity for a trio led from a bassist's big ideas.

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The Line-Up for 23 March 2018

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

I'm back on the air in real time and figuring out all the newness I could fit in the hour.

The Line-Up for 23 March 2018

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Mopo - 'Mopocalypse'

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

Mopo is the trio out of Finland of Linda Fredriksson on alto & baritone saxophones, Eero Tikkanen on acoustic & electric bass and violin, and Eeti Nieminen on drums, percussion, and synthesiser. Their new album, Mopocalypse, out now on Finnish label We Jazz Records, shows this group as a tight group with a clean sound. It has just the right balance of slickness with grit, with Fredriksson's saxophones keeping the sound in the back end, Tikkanen's bass riding along nicely, and Nieminen's drums making for interesting turns. Their a group with a punkish sound with more structure.

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Soulive - 'Cinematics Vol. 1'

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

Soulive, the trio of drummer Alan Evans, guitarist Eric Krasno, and keyboardist Neal Evans, is back with their first album in six years, and their easing their way back with a little bit of mood music. Cinematics Vol. 1 is quick five-song EP described as a "series of soundtracks for the movies of your mind". This is most certainly the fact, making a soulful, not to flashy jam with a sweeping feel that certainly should be supporting a good many dramatic moments.