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Cecile McLorin Salvant - 'Dreams and Daggers: Live at The Village Vanguard'

Brian Kiwanuka
Contributing Writer
bkiwanuka91@gmail.com

With the release of her last album For One To Love, Salvant put the focus on her pen, with almost half of the tracks being original compositions. Light, emotionally resonant Salvant-written pleas like "Look at Me" and "Left Over" were juxtaposed by the energetic and occasionally humorous performances of tracks like "Stepsister's Lament" and "Wives and Lovers". Salvant would eventually win a Grammy for what was then her best album to date, although when asked by Spanish publication El Periódico if this changed her career, the singer responded that it only resulted in more followers on the internet.

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Nextbop Interviews Kendrick Scott

Sebastien Helary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

Last Friday, Blue Note Records dropped Our Point of View featuring its All-Stars, namely trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, keyboardist Robert Glasper, bassist Derrick Hodge, guitarist Lionel Loueke, drummer Kendrick Scott, and tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland with special guests Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. The song list includes originals by each of the band members, as well as two renderings of Shorter compositions: an expansive version of “Witch Hunt” from Shorter’s 1965 Blue Note classic Speak No Evil, and a stunning performance of “Masquelero” on which the sextet is augmented by the aforementioned Shorter and Hancock. I caught up with Kendrick Scott to discuss the release.

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The Line-Up for 29 September 2017

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

We're a week away from the KRTU Fall membership drive and I'm soaking up more newness.

The Line-Up for 29 September 2017

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Sarah Elizabeth Charles - "Zombie" (Stream)

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

As we gear up for the release of Sarah Elizabeth Charles' upcoming album, Free of Form, there are still more delights to discover. For example, as wide ranging the album is, no one could possibly see a cover of a Cranberries tune, but smack dab in the middle of thee album is Charles' take on "Zombie". She just dropped a video for the tune, but it's the video version, not the album version. We've got both of them after the jump, but you should definitely note that Free of Form is available for pre-order now before its release october 6th on Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's Stretch Music label (with a Bandcamp embed of the pre-order link available below).

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Nicole Mitchell and Haki R. Madhubuti - 'Liberation Narratives'

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

While jazz and poetry are two artistic media that frequently gravitate around one another (hell, they even share an appreciation month in the United States), there aren't so many instances where they meld into a work that feels Capital-I Important. Certainly not like the utterly exquisite Liberation Narratives, the collection of songs commissioned by the Art Institute of Chicago for Mitchell to compose to accompany the work of her friend and colleague Haki R. Madhubuti.