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Portico Quartet - 'Untitled (AITAOA #2)'

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

Radiohead's 2001 album, Amnesiac, was recorded in the same sessions as their 2000 album, Kid A, which saw the group begin their exploration into a more electronic sound. It's hard not to think about those albums when listening to the Portico Quartet's 2018 album, Untitled (AITAOA #2), which was recorded in the same sessions as last year's release, Art in the Age of Automation, though these albums are a return to form as opposed to a tonal divergence. Once again, this group has combined their electronic and jazz influences into something quite grand. To try to heap additional praise on them is to repeat more of the same of the ethereal brilliance they released in their last album.

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Justin Brown - "Lesson 1: DANCE" (Stream)

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

I've learned a few things over the years covering the players of the modern jazz scene. Amongst those characters I've encountered and heard play their craft, I knew long ago that Justin Brown is a murderer. He'll kill a drum kit. He'll kill the idea what you think a human being can do with a drum kit. He's an exceptional musician, and altogether good person, and it shows in his compatriots who he has backed over the years (Thundercat, Esperanza Spalding, Flying Lotus, among others) and the folks who have worked with him to realize the album he's spent quite some time making-- NYEUSI. The album -- the title of which translates to black, a word which aptly describes Brown and thusly how he describes his experiences in life in dark times -- which features Jason Lindner and Fabian Almazan on keys, Burniss Earl Travis on bass, and Mark Shim on electronic wind controller is a mix of electronic, jazz, touches of hip hop and funk, and a gentle beautiful weirdness that's something to look forward to. Cop the first single, "Lesson 1: DANCE" after the jump and be on the lookout for NYEUSI to drop June 29th on Biophilia Records.

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Introducing Zach Rhea

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

Drummer/composer Zach Rhea is from Lafayette, Louisiana. He's an affable guy with an epic beard, an amusing penchant for naming songs, and fantastic musical sensibilities. At a recent San Antonio show which rounded out a short tour through Texas for him with tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Byron Asher and bassist Trey Boudreaux (you may have heard them recently with the group Nutria), Rhea showed the small gathering at Ventura this past Sunday that Lafayette ain't nothin' to sleep on, and neither is he.

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The Line-Up for 13 April 2018

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

THe KRTU membership drive has ended for yet another season, this show fell on Friday the 13th, and I got a some new music in that I'm hyped to share. It's yet another Line-Up.

The Line-Up for 13 April 2018

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Saxophonist Kamasi Washington Announces New Album 'Heaven and Earth' With Two Teaser Videos

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

Saxophonist Kamasi Washington has received, over the past three years, more praise and adoration than any other in the realm of jazz and of its orbiting offsprings. The mainstream media darling is now subject to a true cult following in response to his critically-acclaimed Brainfeeder debut The Epic. But if we don’t count last year’s six-track, thirty minute EP Harmony of Difference, Washington has been on a three-year album release hiatus, most likely because the renegade saxophonist likes to do things on a grander and more grandiose scale than most. But as all good things must come to an end, Washington has reemerged this week on social media to announce a new studio album entitled Heaven and Earth slated for a June 22nd release on UK label Young Turks.