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Thundercat - 'Drunk'

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

Early on his latest album, Drunk, on the song "Bus in These Streets" (written alongside Louis Cole), bassist/singer/personality Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner notes that he's "out here doing the most". Thundercat's third album on the Brainfeeder label does a lot of things, and "the most" is the best descriptor.

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On Iverson on Glasper (Pause): Everyone Wants Everything, Even If It's Different

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

This past summer, a friend of mine went off to the island of Mykonos for a few weeks of, well, let's just say it, some good ol' fun debauchery. The Mediterranean isle is kind of a gay paradise. I talked with another friend of mine at the time about the place, what he told me second-hand of the open culture there. I noted that it must be nice for these people to have a place of their own to be open and free, unencumbered, not have to worry about being seen as a categorical other. (To a limited degree, I think of it like my time at Morehouse College as a young black man who has to worry much less often about the white gaze, able to develop my authorial voice and broaden my personality.) I asked if there were a similar island like Mykonos for lesbians. My friend said there wouldn't be such a thing, that culturally, such openness isn't prone to them. I found such an idea completely ludicrous, to the point that it lingered in my head for days until I spoke with him again on the subject. It seemed crazy because the idea of empathy involves a rather simple concept-- everyone wants everything, even if it's an altered, personalized version of those things. If you want something elemental, someone else probably want some version of that elemental aspect of human existence, too. Of course lesbians would want an island. What subset of people who have been marginalized wouldn't want their own place? The rules of engagement there may be different, but to say a group of people wouldn't want their own place defies logic. Everyone wants everything, even if it's a different thing. Oddly enough, I can't help but think of this in reading Ethan Iverson's interview with Robert Glasper and Iverson's subsequent response to the backlash surrounding it.

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The Line-Up for 3 March 2017

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

More talk about next week's Jazz for the Masses V (at El Sapo during SXSW) and I really really enjoy Kneebody's "Drum Battle". The Line-Up continues as usual.

The Line-Up for 3 March 2017

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Linda May Han Oh - "Lucid Lullaby" (Live at WJF 2015 Video)

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

I have had Linda May Han Oh's "Lucid Lullaby" off her upcoming album, Walk Against Wind, stuck in my head for the last five days. While it still seems a tad too early for me to write up a fawning review about the Greenleaf Music release dropping April 14th, and it will be absolutely fawning, I can at least try to relate to as many people in my orbit about the hypnotic nature of this repeating phrase, the resonance of Oh's bass, the chirpy intermingling of Ben Wendel's saxophone, the edgy groove of Matt Stevens' guitar. In this 2015 live recording from the 2015 Winter Jazz Fest, Rudy Royston is here on drums as opposed to the new album version's Justin Brown, making for a gentler roll and a somewhat less rambunctious closing solo, while still being a true marvel on the kit with his own share of explosive moments. I'll have more to say as April 14th approaches, but in the meantime, catch my current obsession after the jump.

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DD Horns - 's/t'

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

Back in November, we hipped you to the California quintet DD Horns led by trumpeter Danny T. Levin & tenor saxophonist David Moyer. The group is releasing their debut self-titled album at their Bandcamp where you can pay any price this week. The album produced by Chris Schlarb and recorded in one shot with no overdubs is a tight affair with a good deal of groove.