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The Line-Up for 20 April 2018

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

Last Friday fell on 4/20, which is always nice, but was also just a Friday. As usual, that means Friday had a good Line-Up. I kept to what newness came to the radio station mostly this week since I forgot my external hard drive at home, but there's definitely plenty of newness to go around.

The Line-Up for 20 April 2018

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Petros Klampanis' Rooftop Stories Video Series

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

Bassist/composer Petros Klampanis is a superbly talented musician with quite the mind for arrangement. His last album, Chroma, certainly is proof of that. Yet little else really displays arranging prowess quite like one person and a looping pedal. Klampanis managed to combine his, his world travels, and good cinematography to create his Rooftop Stories, Klampanis' video series where he makes a song with just his voice, his bass, and a looping pedal on the rooftop of a building in Athens, Greece, London, England, Havana, Cuba, or Tel Aviv, Israel. At least those are the spots he's featured so far. They're pretty fantastic videos. Check them out in after the jump.

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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.