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Sarah Jerrom - 'The Yeats Project'

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

Vocalist/composer/arranger Sarah Jerrom has a strong voice to go with her cerebral approach to jazz. Her embracing of chamber jazz melds her firm, but airy voice with compositions that bandy about contrasting notes to find a kind of balance in the midst of it all. It's an approach to music that's poetic, which is why it so fits with the work of William Butler Yeats, a man who found balance in contrasts bearing from his Irish soul. Thus, for her latest album, Jerrom has composed songs for some of Yeats' poetry, arranged it for a nine-piece group of fine Toronto musicians, and set it all up to greet the world October 27th. Check out some tracks from The Yeats Project after the jump.

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Matthew Stevens - "Reservoir"

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

Guitarist Matthew Stevens, which you should know by now following his work with Christian Scott and Esperanza Spalding, released his latest album as a leader, Preverbal, last March. Our very own Anthony Dean-Harris already reviewed the album, but we never posted the video for the single "Reservoir". Better late than never.

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Sarah Elizabeth Charles feat. Christian Scott - "Change to Come"

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

More and more artists are fed up with the senseless violence happening daily in the United States and are letting their frustration be heard through their music. The latest example of this is “Change to Come”, Sarah Elizabeth Charles' new single off her upcoming album Free of Form out October 6th on Stretch Music / Ropeadope. The song was written in 2014, in the wake of Eric Garner’s death. "The most zoomed-out version," Charles says of the song, "is just general resistance to violence. Then if you go a little bit narrower, it's speaking to race relations and the issues that have existed because of the nature of the history and formation of this country." “Change to Come” features trumpeter Christian Scott who co-produced the album alongside Jesse Elder (keys), Burniss Earl Travis II (bass), and John Davis (drums). You can stream the track below.

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Gregory Porter Drops New Single "Smile"

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

The details of Gregory Porter’s latest album have just been announced. The GRAMMY-winning vocalist will be tackling the Nat King Cole songbook on Nat King Cole & Me, set to drop October 27th on Blue Note Records. With the help of 6-time GRAMMY-winning arranger Vince Mendoza, the London Studio Orchestra, a core band featuring pianist Christian Sands, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Ulysses Owens, and special guest trumpeter Terence Blanchard on two tracks, Porter revisits some of Cole’s standbys such as “Mona Lisa,” “L-O-V-E,” “Nature Boy,” “The Christmas Song,” and the lead track “Smile” which you can stream below.

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BADBADNOTGOOD - "Confessions, Pt. III" feat. Colin Stetson (Stream)

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

One of the best qualities of our friends from up north, BADBADNOTGOOD, is their can't stop, won't stop nature. They seem to always have something cooking. This new song, fresh out the kitchen, is the latest extension of their song "Confessions", once again pitting Leland Whitty's saxophone against a guesting Colin Stetson while the subdued nature of the track altogether is super easy to get caught up in its vibe. The guys drop the song as they embark on their fall & winter tour through the US (which will include their first ever run through my hometown San Antonio!) and Europe. Get hip to the newness and check out their tour dates after the jump.