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Makaya McCraven - 'In The Moment'

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

Drummer Makaya McCraven has put together a groove-heavy album that is well worth your ears, In The Moment. The album, which features McCraven’s drums alongside outstanding young players like Matt Ulery (bass and guitar), Marquis Hill (trumpet), Junius Paul (bass and guitar), Justefan (vibraphone), Jeff Parker (guitar), Joshua Abrams (bass), De’Sean Jones (sax), and Tony Barba (sax and electronics), releases today, January 20. The album was recorded live and consists of improvised performances performed over the course of a year and 28 shows. The 19 songs on the album were culled from nearly 48 hours of recordings to be distilled into some potent groove-based jazz. Check out some of the tunes after the jump.

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The Line-Up for 16 January 2015

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

This hour goes in numerous directions and even loses guidance at the end, but it's a solid hour of things you should dig for the sake of digging things.

The Line-Up for 16 January 2015

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Sound Prints - 'Live at Monterey Jazz Festival'

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

Sound Prints, the quintet co-led by trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Joe Lovano, will be releasing its debut album, Live at Monterey Jazz Festival, on April 7. Douglas and Lovano are joined by Linda Oh on bass, Lawrence Fields on piano, and Joey Baron on drums. Along with two originals each from Douglas and Lovano, the band takes on two newly written tunes from Wayne Shorter, "Destination Unknown" and "To Sail Beyond the Sunset", that were written specifically for this band. Live at Monterey Jazz Festival captures the first public performances of the Shorter tunes and the excitement that comes with playing these tunes for an audience that included the composer. It’s only appropriate that Sound Prints would put together this Shorter-influenced set, as the band’s name is a nod to Shorter’s classic tune "Footprints". Check out some performances from the band in 2012 after the jump.

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Skerik, John Medeski, and Adam Deitch are DRKWAV

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

Saxophonist/arranger Skerik is one of those musicians who always seems to be up to something interesting. The same could also be said of the consistently flabbergasting pianist/organist John Medeski and drummer Adam Deitch. If any of them announces a project, one should take note, so news of a team-up for the three of them is triply as noteworthy. The trio have joined up as the group DRKWAV and are set to release their very trippy, psychedelic album The Purge on February 24. It's a release that looks to journey toward dark corners and throw a party. Check out the first single, "Darkwave", after the jump.

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FOOD to Tour the US & Canada Through January

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

FOOD, the experimental pairing of Iain Ballamy on saxophones & electronics and
Thomas Strønen on drums & electronics, have a sound nestled so gently between their jazz roots and their explorations in sound. For the better part of two decades, this pair have made music that doesn't just hold your hand as it leaps into the deep end, it wraps you in a warm blanket as it embraces you before falling off the cliff. When one usually tries to delve into experimental music, it can be overwhelming acquiring the aural taste for the cacophonous. However, these two make music that certainly isn't typical but still maintains a sense of melody and harmony that never scares the listener off. It works surprisingly well. The pair have been recording on the ECM label for quite some time and are preparing to release their upcoming 8th album on the label to follow up their 2012 release, Mercurial Balm. To get folks excited about it, the duo are preparing to tour the US and Canada starting this week (with a show at Austin's The North Door next Wednesday, the 21 presented by Epistrophy Arts).

Check out a collection of their past songs through Ballamy's Soundcloud page and check out some video of their performances after the jump.