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The Line-Up for 6 July 2018

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

I got a couple ideas this week and the next thing I knew, I had fallen into playing a handful of longer compositions. This happens every now and then.

The Line-Up for 6 July 2018

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Gilad Hekselman - "VBlues" (Stream)

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

Guitarist Gilad Hekselman has been keeping busy, but very soon, there's about to be a new album to show for it. Out this September on Motéma Records, Hekselman is dropping his new album, Ask for Chaos, featuring his two trios-- ZuperOctave with pianist Aaron Parks and drummer Kush Abadey and the gHex Trio with drummer Jonathan Pinson and bassist Rick Rosato. Considering the strength and flow of Hekselman's work over the years, it should be a real delight hearing where he is musically at this point with these two configurations that he's been flexing for a while. To hear what I mean, check out the first single, "VBlues", after the jump and be on the lookout for Ask for Chaos on September 7th.

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Blacks' Myths - 's/t'

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

Washington, DC, duo Blacks' Myths are hypnotically gripping. In five compositions (three of considerable length), the pair are exploring the realm of ambient music, Afrobeat, drone, and jazz, finding ways to be charmingly weird. Bassist Luke Stewart and drummer Warren G. "Trae" Crudup III are the rhythm section of saxophonist James Brandon Lewis' trio, and they certainly show all kinds of range with that configuration. However, on their own, it's fascinating to hear how their inclinations is to stretch out their ideas as far as they can go, to fully inhabit a groove like riding out an acid trip through all its twists and turns. This album is Steward and Crudup unhinged for almost 45 minutes and it's far too cool not to revisit. It's literally a drum & bass album, at a top notch one at that. Check out their debut album, out now on Atlantic Rhythms, after the jump.

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Justin Brown - 'NYEUSI'

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

For years, I have referred to Justin Brown as a murderer. He has an adeptness at the drum kit so technically rambunctious, so particularly expressive, that one's previous thinking about what drums can do dies. This has been the clear case for years in a percussive sense, however, Brown also has this capability as a composer and bandleader, as shown in his debut album, NYEUSI, out now on Biophilia Records.

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The Line-Up for 29 June 2018

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

This week's show has a lot of new releases. Now, I know what you're thinking… but Anthony, doesn't every week feature a bunch of new releases. Yes, listener, it does. But this week feels somehow special on how it came together. But Anthony, you say, doesn't every week seem to come together specially? Well, perhaps, but perhaps this is a special show.

The Line-Up for 29 June 2018