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'Slim Bone Head Volt, Vol. 2'

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

Slim Bone Head Volt is the collaborative project of composer/pianist/violinist/violaist Dana Lyn and writer/actor Vincent D'Onofrio. It's an odd project, a curious project. It's also kind of amazing, which is why they're releasing a second album tomorrow after their 2015 debut. Lyn has written and arranged fascinating, propulsive, inventive music. Whether for the triumphant "Pilot Wolf", the bluesy "I'm A Guppy" (almost a la Tom Waits), or the riotously awesome "I'm A Mule", Lyn has a lot of different musical ideas that sound weird and great and weirdly great. Yet this range of swirling notions comes together to meet Vincent D'Onofrio's journal of thoughts, and he has a lot of them and a fantastic voice for spoken word.

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Edward Simon - "Triangle" (Stream)

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

Venezuelan pianist and Guggenheim Fellow Edward Simon is just about as well respected as anyone in the realm of jazz piano. His accolades include stints with Greg Osby and Terence Blanchard’s bands plus he’s been a member of the prestigious SFJAZZ collective since 2015. All this to say that when he puts out a record, as is the case with his latest Sorrows and Triumphs, out now via Sunnyside Records, you pay attention. Joining Simon on the release is a stellar cast, namely Afinidad, Simon’s quartet comprised of alto saxophonist David Binney, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade, plus special guests vocalist Gretchen Parlato, guitarist Adam Rogers and the chamber quintet Imani Winds, along with percussionists Rogerio Boccato and Luis Quintero. The album's material blends two bodies of music commissioned by Chamber Music of America's New Jazz Works program: the suites "Sorrows and Triumphs" and "House of Numbers," their individual movements re-sequenced to form a holistic listening experience that brims with a lyricism both intimate and majestic. Sorrows and Triumphs is grown up jazz, there’s no way around it. But it’s everything you love about masterfully crafted and intellectually stimulating grown up jazz. It just hits all the right notes. It’s cerebral yet still accessible. It’s music full of intent and purpose. Sorrows and Triumphs is an example of what can be only be achieved with experience, maturity and superior artistry. You can stream “Triangle” the lead single from the album below.

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Portico Quartet - "View from a Satellite" (Video)

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

Portico Quartet's latest album, Untitled (AITAOA #2), the companion album to last year's Art in the Age of Automation, just dropped last week and it's spacey, trippy, dopeness that I can't stop playing. In particular, I can't stop playing the song "View from a Satellite", a brilliant shimmering crescendo where Jack Wyllie's saxophone is superb and fritters about the air like an excited bird greeting the morning canopy, but it's all about Duncan Bellamy's drumming here, with the best fills that really kick this song into gear. If that's not all, Bellamy also directed the music video for the tune, which seems ideal for an art museum (which, I suppose, is fitting considering the album as a whole). Indulge yourself and play the video after the jump.

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The Line-Up for 27 April 2018

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

Fiesta is a ten-day party in San Antonio that I never fully understood so I end up irritated by the traffic it invokes as I try to make it to the radio station. Nevertheless, I persevere and take some time to play new jazz music for you all very loudly in a room with dim lighting. It's the little things.

The Line-Up for 27 April 2018

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Gauthier Toux Trio - "Filter" (Stream)

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

French pianist Gauthier Toux has been racking up awards on the European circuit with his progressive blend of jazz music. His newest album, The Colours You See, is set to drop May 4th on UK label Naim Records (Yazz Ahmed, Get The Blessing, Sons Of Kemet). Joined by drummer Maxence Sibille, and double bassist Kenneth Dahl Knudsen as well as special guests Christophe Panzani on saxophone, Erwan Valazza on guitar, and Zacharie Ksyk on trumpet, The Colours You See is an eleven-track exposé examining the relationship between color and light, and the identity that they impose on our relationship with music and the world around us. “On this new album, I wanted to highlight a very personal vision of colors,” says Toux, “colors have always been very intriguing to me, especially since I discovered that I was color-blind. Since then, I have never stopped asking myself how to perceive them differently, to try to go beyond the name given to each color. Title after title, I put music to anecdotes connecting me to these colors and lights.” You can stream “Filter”, the latest single off The Colours You See below.