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The Line-Up for 24 June 2016

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

Went in live Friday and put this all together.

The Line-Up for 24 June 2016

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Gregorie Maret - 'Wanted'

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

Taking the lead on harmonica is tricky. The instrument is prone to a chirpiness that doesn't typically sustain for a whole album. However in the right hands (and with the right lungs), it can be more than a special featured player. Grégorie Maret has often been that special featured player in assorted works, but here on his latest album on Sunnyside, Wanted, his second in front of things, it's clear he should lead more often.

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Creator Ensemble - Live in New Orleans, April 26, 2016

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

Makaya McCraven, Robert Walter, Marco Benevento, Cochemea, and Tim LeFebvre coming together to play some Coltrane, Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Gil-Scott Heron, and Nina Simone jams? Sure thing - count on the good folks over at Funk It Blog to bring it to you. The combination of Benevento on piano and Walter on Rhodes and keyboards sounds some kind of lovely to these ears, and McCraven's drumming constantly pushes this whole set forward. The Creator Ensemble is a rotating cast that has played at least a few shows together, tending toward a jamband feel with some serious chops in the mix. This is clearly no exception, with the band stretching out on each of these tunes and finding the groove in each one. Check out the video after the jump, and read up on the show and find a link to the full download over at Funk It Blog.

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The Line-Up for 17 June 2016

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

I had a bit of running around to do on Friday, but I remembered the obsessions I've had of the last few weeks and added them to what came to mind for this week.

The Line-Up for 17 June 2016

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The Line-Up for 10 June 2016

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

I knew I had a bite from the Pat Metheny bug that I had to sort out but other than that, I was mostly intrigued at how this show came together.

The Line-Up for 10 June 2016