Nextbop is at a crossroad. Last month, A Blog Supreme, NPR’s jazz blog which we held in very high regards, closed up shop. A Blog Supreme, which was coincidently started the same year as Nextbop, had been to this date the stalwart of all jazz blogs. Its shuttering leads us to question our very existence as well as the financial viability of jazz blogs in general. Search & Restore, Elements of Jazz, Alternate Takes are just but a few of our friends who no longer operate. We believe our mission is vital to the jazz community yet the internet hasn’t to date found a proper way to remunerate blogs in an online world where more and more people expect things to be free. While we have had some ad revenue here and there, we haven't had anything consistent enough to support our staff or ourselves. It became necessary to try something different in addition to conventional routes.
This is why we are reaching out to our avid fans for support. We need your help to ensure we can keep providing quality content on a regular basis. We have set up a Patreon page (https://www.patreon.com/nextbop) in order to collect monthly donations from the people who value what we do the most. And in order to make things a little more enticing for our donors, we are in parallel organizing our first annual jazz raffle with a ton of cool prizes from some of the industry’s leading musicians and labels. Basically pledging to our Patreon garners you entries in our raffle and odds are you’ll win something given the amount of prizes.
The quintet DR. MiNT are preparing to release their fifth album together, Voices in the Void January 23rd on Ordenda Records. The group which consists of trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom, bassist Sam Minaie, saxophonist Gavin Templeton, guitarist Alexander Noice, and drummer Caleb Dolister, are rather excited about their upcoming new release celebrating ten years together playing futuristic, electronic, explosive music. Check out the EPK for the album, available for pre-order now, after the jump.
Drummer Jamire Williams' defining characteristic on his instrument is that he always seems to be constantly rumbling. Whether he's playing with Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, the Robert Glasper Experiment, Dr. Lonnie Smith, his backwards namesake group ERIMAJ, or Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (who shows up on Williams' upcoming album, but I'll get to that), Williams' energy seems to be in constant motion. He forever rumbles… all up until the moment that he seemingly isn't. Seemingly is the optimal word here, for he's always moving, even when you can't see him coming. Over the last year or so, Williams has been honing himself in the cut. His Instagram started to feel like a digital gallery. His artistic output leaned more toward the visual. He recorded on fewer releases but could still slay. Williams was expanding as an artist in various capacities, bringing additional depth to his already fascinating work. Now Williams is preparing to release his next album, under his own name, as a percussionist but also as an artist, with the upcoming ///// EFFECTUAL. It's an album primarily percussion based with a little help from the maestros Chassol and Atwood-Ferguson near the end. It's an artist's album, seemingly made for performances in art galleries (which Williams has already gotten that ball rolling in Los Angeles), on top of the fact that he painted the album art. Check out the track "Children of the Supernatural" after the jump and check out ///// EFFECTUAL, available for pre-order now at the Leaving Records Bandcamp before it drops December 2nd.
Saxophonist Braxton Cook is breaking out on his own. He's always been talented, one could tell with his work with Christian Scott atunde Adjuah's group. His EP with Butcher Brown was dope. Now Cook's musical journey moves forward, and his bag of tricks expands, with a new single, "Somewhere in Between". Now Cook sings as well as he plays to bring about a very cool R&B song that feels just in the pocket of the time. Give it a listen after the jump.