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Orlando LeFleming - "Pretentious Brooklyn" (Stream)

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

Bassist Orlando LeFleming's new project, Romantic Funk, is described as falling "somewhere between the serene, legato passages of early-Jaco-era Weather Report, and the spaced out electronica of late-70's Herbie Hancock". That's a high bar. If the first track available to stream from the project ("Pretentious Brooklyn") is an indicator, though, Romantic Funk should happily sit next to those fusion high-water marks.

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The Line-Up for 5 May 2017

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

I went through a few indulgences and got hip to some new things on my plate. It's the usual show that should hopefully meet your expectations.

The Line-Up for 5 May 2017

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Arthur Hnatek - 'Lualuna Tai - With DKSJ'

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

An album like Lualuna Tai, the four song EP composed by drummer Arthur Hnatek (who has backed the likes of Tigran Hamasyan, Erik Truffaz, and Dhafer Youssef) and performed with the DKSJ All Stars, could easily be described as ethereal. It has a sound that emerges from some fuzziness, finding form and structure and maybe a few tumbles of chaos for even measure. It's an album that reminds one of the amazingness of music, that these objects -- skins on tins, warped metal tubes, wooden cases with strings stretched taut across -- when used as tools can bend the air, and that gifted people with like mind can change time. Each of these songs have a simple energy that lavishes in its growth.

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Jazzahead! 2017

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

The recent Jazzahead! event in Bremen, Germany, featured performances from a who’s who of current jazz players. Thankfully, many of those performances have been recorded and made available to those of us who weren’t able to make it to Germany. Performances from Camila Meza, Gilad Hekselman, Julian Lage, Leo Genovese, and others are streamable online through the Jazzahead! youtube channel. Check out a few favorites from guitar-led trios from Gilad Hekselman and Julian Lage after the jump.

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Anne Mette-Iversen - 'Round Trip'

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

Bassist Anne Mette-Iversen's new quintet album, Round Trip, is described as a set of tunes designed "to return to the starting point via a different road", and the tunes on the album succeed at doing just that. Each song on the album has a feeling of movement and fluidity. At times, that makes for an almost cinematic listening experience.