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Ben Allison & Think Free - 'Layers of the City'

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

Bassist Ben Allison knows how to build. Over the course of 12 albums, Allison has made really fun, flowing music while maintaining more and more control over his artistry. His last album, 2013's The Stars Look Very Different Today, began Allison's building of his own record label, Sonic Camera Records. Now Allison is releasing his second album on his own label, changing up his sound a bit but not too much, and delivering as he always does with his new album, Layers of the City.

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The Seasons: March with Matt Brewer & Ben Wendel (Video)

Sebastien Helary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

Ben Wendel has dropped the third installment of his “The Seasons” project on us. March is a particularly stunning duet between Wendel on bassoon and Matt Brewer on bass. Check it out below the jump. Also if you missed January featuring Taylor Eigsti or February featuring Joshua Redman, we strongly suggest you go back and have a look.

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Ben Allison - "Roll Credits" (Video)

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

Bassist Ben Allison has been a force on the music scene, not only because of his musical prowess (most recently exhibited in his outstanding album, The Stars Look Very Different Today) but also in his work as an advocate for musicians. So posting a simple little video of his band performing last year at New York's Joe's Pub has a few more peccadilloes than a mere embed. Read Allison's essay about his YouTube experiment at his website. In the meantime, watch his stellar band play "Roll Credits" after the jump.

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Ben Allison in Congress

Marc Rosenfeld Antunes
Staff Writer
mra337@nyu.edu / @mcrantunes

For decades, record labels have lobbied Congress to legislate on the subject of paying royalties to labels and performers for radio play of music; today, the US is one of the few nations to pay royalties for radio play to songwriters and music publishers only. But in the past week, decisions have been made, namely by Clear Channel, an immense radio broadcasting company, and Big Machine, a titan of country music recording companies, to settle the issue of royalties and radio outside of government. Clear Channel intends to reshape its business model in response to the increase of the digital streaming market, which was legislated for by government, and very expensive for the broadcasting companies. By settling directly with record labels, broadcasting companies might save money by skipping the federal rate.

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Stream new Ambrose Akinmusire and Ben Allison CDs

seb.
Co-Founder
s.helary [at] nextbop.com

Ambrose Akinmusire's and Ben Allison's new albums have just taken the jazz internet by storm and we wouldn't really be doing our job if we didn't let you know about it.