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The Line-Up for 5 April 2018

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

Something went wrong with the archive last week so while last week's show did indeed run live, there was no subsequent stream to run for last week at Nextbop (or anywhere else, for that matter), so I decided to tend to the same general idea of songs from last week to this week for everyone's enjoyment.

The Line-Up for 5 April 2018

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Mary Halvorson - 'Code Girl'

Brian Kiwanuka
Contributing Writer
bkiwanuka91@gmail.com

If there is one word that cannot be used to describe Mary Halvorson, it's stagnant. In the past decade, the unconventional guitarist has been consistently expanding the range of her creativity, appearing on a staggering amount of recordings while developing a strikingly singular compositional approach. Code Girl, the name of Halvorson's latest record and band, stands adjacent from the progression that began in 2008 on Dragon's Head. Instead of adding another musician to the original trio with Ches Smith (drums) and John Hébert (bass), which has slowly grown into an extraordinary Octet, Halvorson looks to Thumbscrew, a collaborative band with Tomas Fujiwara (drums) and Michael Formanek (bass), and makes two exciting additions, Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet) and Amirtha Kidambi (vocals).

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Rafiq Bhatia - "Breaking English" (Live Session Video)

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

If we're talking a lot about guitarist Rafiq Bhatia's upcoming new album, Breaking English, a whole lot, it's largely because we're really excited about it. Besides, the album drops tomorrow on Anti- and folks need to know. To help in that process, Bhatia just dropped a live video session version of the title track(in letterbox, oddly). Watch it after the jump and cop Breaking English when it releases (also keep in mind drummer compatriot Ian Chang also has a new EP dropping next Friday that you may want to consider, too).

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Caroline Davis - 'Heart Tonic'

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

Alto saxophonist Caroline Davis knows her way around a tune. Her songs on her new album, Heart Tonic, can be angular, smooth, poppy, earnest jams, or driving runs. She's a player and a composer with a great deal of range and enchanting execution, and she leads a damn fine band, too.

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KLYPH - Eins (Valley) [Video]

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

Cliff Hines makes musical soundscapes. His work is layered and textured and never afraid of experimentation. This is certainly clear with his work on the guitar for Christian Scott, Mike Dillon, Brad Walker, and numerous other folks. Lately, he's been branching out with synths and circuits to intriguing effect with his group KLYPH (they've even played Nextbop's Jazz for the Masses at SXSW a few years back). So yes, Cliff Hines has found another means to make musical weirdness in awesome ways. KLYPH just dropped a video for the song "Eins (Valley)" before the EP drops May 27th. Check it out after the jump.