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Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg - 'Dirt... And More Dirt'

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

At this point in Henry Threadgill's career, we already know the dynamic. Everything else is a refinement of those shifting polyrhythms, those floating melodies that skirt about the tonal and the atonal like hummingbirds at springtime, and that ever-present feeling that all this art just wouldn't work if you just couldn't help but keep tapping your foot. It's all there with Threadgill, that's his sound. Now with his new large ensemble, 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg -- made up of a guitarist, a bassist, two drummers, a cellist, a tubist, three alto saxophonist, two flutists, two trumpeters, two trombonists, and two pianists -- there's the opportunity to make that sound into something even grander on their new album, Dirt… And More Dirt, on Pi Recordings.

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Stream Saxophonist Mike Casey's New Cover of "Nature Boy"

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

Rising saxophonist Mike Casey is all about his online presence. His press releases are chalked up with social media metrics. “West End”, the first single off his upcoming album Stay Surprising, has already passed 50,000 streams across all platforms in less than a month since its release. His debut album, The Sound of Surprise: Live at The Side Door , crowdfunded 124% using PledgeMusic, has surpassed 500,000 streams worldwide since its February 2017 release. He’s got a verified Twitter account with over 9,000 followers and his Instagram counts a mind-blowing 16,000 fans (in comparison Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah has 17,700). He’s also the only jazz musician I know of using Patreon to collect donations from fans (if you’re curious and decide to join, here’s a 50% bonus on your first month’s earnings on us). All this without the backing of a label. In a world where a large number of musicians lack common business and promotional skills and don’t have the means to delegate marketing and social media to more competent hands, Casey is differentiating himself as a technically-savvy, marketing-oriented young online entrepreneur, and frankly I admire the man for it. He understands the big picture.

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The Line-Up for 4 May 2018

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

It's a new month with new music.

The Line-Up for 4 May 2018

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Texas Quintet For Now Releases Single "Caught in the Double Bind" (Video Premiere)

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

For Now is a modern jazz quintet coming out of Denton, TX. It’s members, Isabel Crespo on vocals and composition, Skyler Hill on guitar, Ben McDonald on piano, Mike Luzecky on bass, and Jonny Harmon on drums met while attending the University of North Texas. Elsewhere, set to drop on May 18th, marks their recording debut.

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Johnny Butler - "Crossing the River" (feat. Kassa Overall) (Video)

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

Saxophonist Johnny Butler has always had a diversity of influences in his music. It's worth noting, though, that one of those influences is the drummer/rapper/producer Kassa Overall. They all come together for the video for "Crossing the River" of Butler's latest album, HyperViolet, with his group The Epic Fail. It's got jazz, hip hop, interpretive dance, and a hypnotic quality that will require multiple plays. Watch it after the jump.