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Thumbscrew - 'Ours' and 'Theirs'

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

Thumbscrew - the trio of guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Michael Formanek, and drummer Tomas Fujiwara - are giants at the particular kind of weird they do individually, but they're practically mythological titans when united together. For the last four years, this trio has been a total trip, bending notes and playing with abstractions while holding onto a certain snap that brings it all together. Before this and in the midst of this period, the three have worked on one another's individual works as well. Now, for the first new albums on a reworked Cuneiform Records, Thumbscrew is back with two albums -- one of original compositions appropriately titled Ours and an album of covers thusly titled Theirs -- which release this Friday, June 8th.

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Adam O'Farrill - 'El Maquech'

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

Trumpeter Adam O'Farrill is wise beyond his years. It's the only reasonable explanation for his second album as a leader to be so superb, or his first album, Stranger Days (which became the namesake for his current ensemble), for that matter. It's why the 23-year-old fits in so well in bassist Stephan Crump's group, Rhombal. Of course, he's also wise enough not to mess with a good thing, which is why he kept the same talented group of Stranger Days-- O'Farrill on trumpet, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown on tenor sax, Walter Stinson on bass, and Adam's brother Zack O'Farrill on drums. He's also wise enough on his sophomore release to bring the heat with eight tunes -- a mix of Mexican folk tunes, covers of Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Irving Berlin, & Efrain Salvador, and some original songs to round things out -- that continues to prove exactly how brilliant O'Farrill and this group is.

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Stream Bassist Adi Meyerson's New Single, "Little Firefly", Featuring Camila Meza

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

Israeli bassist and composer Adi Meyerson left her home five years ago, like so many others before her, to see if she could make a name for herself on the big stage that is New York City. Having now earned her degree from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Meyerson is set to make her recording debut tomorrow, June 5th, with Where We Stand, a nine-track opus drawing inspiration from Meyerson's’ five years living in the Big Apple.

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The Line-Up for 1 June 2018

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

It's a new month with new music dropping soon and I have a bunch of it on my mind.

The Line-Up for 1 June 2018

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Adam O'Farrill - "Siiva Moiiva" (Stream)

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

You should be a fan of trumpeter Adam O'Farrill. He's an impressive young talent and a proven bandleader. Oh, sure, he's good, particularly good for 23 years old, at that. He's already wowed folks playing in Stephan Crump's Rhombal and on his 2016 debut album, Stranger Days. Now he's back with a new album dropping this week on the Biophilia Record label called El Maquech. He's back with the same band -- O'Farrill on trumpet, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown on tenor sax, Walter Stinson on bass, and Adam's brother Zack O'Farrill on drums -- and with the same sensibility, putting structure and whimsy together to make something beautifully unique. Check out the first single, "Siiva Moiiva", after the jump.