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Rafiq Bhatia - "Breaking English" (Single Stream)

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

Guitarist Rafiq Bhatia is steadily introducing us to his new album, Breaking English, out April 6 on Anti-. Much like the first single, "Hoods Up", the title track with touches of atmospheric vocals and a steady beat that feels like some sort of chamber blues, or an electro Gospel, or some other hodgepodge of genres and emotions that's sure to be awesome in its final form alongside the rest of Breaking English. Check out the stream after the jump and make sure to pre-order the album now before it drops in April.

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The Line-Up for 2 March 2018

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

I got over my food poisoning and lost the ten pounds I said I wanted to lose before Jazz for the Masses VI which is next Wednesday, March 14. I really missed not doing the show and it shows in how frequently I say that I missed it.

The Line-Up for 2 March 2018

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Glenn Zaleski - 'Solo Vol. 1'

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

Pianist Glenn Zaleski has a new solo piano album out now. It's a simple affair, not too flashy or ostentatious. He's playing standards with a gentle deftness. He's not making some monumental effort like he's trying to be Keith Jarrett. However, this isn't a wholly throwaway endeavor. Yes, it's a free album available for download at his website with all the seriousness such a freely given creation seems to evoke, but he's really sharing with us all the beauty he's able to make when he, with some degree of carefully-considered craft, sits down at the piano and plays.

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Nutria - 'Call to the Air'

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

Nutria is the New Orleans-based trio of tenor saxophonist/overall reedist Bryon Asher, bassist Trey Bourdreax, and drummer Shawn Myers. The three got together in 2014 at the graduate program at the University of New Orleans and have found that kind of matching sensibility that just shows in their playful, easygoing, but not in the least drolly pleasant music. Together, they have a rich, round sound with an immense charm worth checking out with their second album together, Call to the Air, out now on Breakfast 4 Dinner Records.

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GoGo Penguin - 'A Humdrum Star'

Daniel J. Palmer
Contributing Writer
caffeinatedjazz@gmail.com / @caffeinatedjazz
Instagram: @caffeinatedjazz

If there was ever a time to immerse yourself in GoGo Penguin's music, it is now. Coming off of a string of popular and highly acclaimed albums as well as a recent New York Times piece that named them as one of the best acts at the 2017 SXSW conference, the Manchester Trio have outdone themselves on their latest release. In some ways, A Humdrum Star follows the same electronic music-influenced modern jazz formula that has worked for the band for their past couple of releases. This time around though, they aren't afraid to stray quite a bit further away from their more straightforward acoustic based jazz roots into territory untouched by the band on previous records.