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Tigran Hamasyan's 'Mockroot' out Jan. 26 on Nonesuch

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

Tigran is the shit. It's hard not to be that crass about it but his frenetic energy, his inventive ideas on the keys both acoustic and electric, his crazy sense of timing-- all these attributes evoke a rawness that just makes you want to curse. Tigran is the shit. We mentioned some months back that he was going to venture out more with his sound, leaning into even more electronic and dubby influences as he moves to the Nonesuch label. Now that time has come and Tigran Hamasyan is set to release his new album, Mockroot, on January 26th with Sam Minaie on bass and Arthur Hnatek on drums and electronics. Check out a video album teaser after the jump.

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Our Point of View - Le Poisson Rouge, December 12

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

Supergroup Our Point of View, with Robert Glasper on keyboards, Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet, Derrick Hodge on bass, Kendrick Scott on drums, Lionel Loueke on guitar, and Marcus Strickland on sax, will be playing a live concert on December 12 at Le Poisson Rouge. The concert will be presented by Newark’s WBGO as part of the radio station’s 35th anniversary and Blue Note Records’ 75th anniversary. The concert will feature originals from all of these artists as well as new interpretations of classics from the past 75 years of Blue Note Records. Check out some thoughts from the members of Our Point of View and some recordings of the group in action after the jump.

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The Line-Up for 21 November 2014

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

I've been angling for a free jazz show in the back of my head for a little while. This week fulfills that notion to some degree, or really to the degree that I've been feeling it.

The Line-Up for 21 November 2014

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Ron Carter's "A Quick Sketch" and Cecil McBee's "D Bass-ic Blues"

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

In what seems to be a case of convergent evolution, two bassists wrote a pair of tunes that started with a nearly identical premise. Very simple - a single note on the bass repeated three times. And then something less simple - starting with that repeated-note bassline, spin out an engaging tune. This column will look at a few different versions of Ron Carter's "A Quick Sketch" and Cecil McBee's "D-Bass-ic Blues".

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Marc Cary Focus Trio and Friends - 'Cosmic Indigenous'

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

Marc Cary's Focus Trio, with Cary on keyboards, Burniss Earl Travis on bass, and Sameer Gupta on drums and percussion, just released their album Cosmic Indigenous. It's full of heavy grooves and a healthy dose of Indian ragas and 1970's Miles Davis influence (appropriately enough, the album includes the trio's take on Hermeto Pascoal's "Little Church", also found on Miles' Live-Evil). In addition to the core trio, the album also features vocalist Awa Sango and trumpeter Igmar Thomas on several tracks and contributions from some other friends - Tarus Mateen, Rashaan Carter, and Daniel Moreno, to name just a few. We've been talking about tracks from this album for a little while now as Cary has been releasing tracks from this for free for some months now, so it's very cool to see how this all came together. Check out the album after the jump.