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Mosaic - 'Subterranea'

Daniel J. Palmer
Contributing Writer
caffeinatedjazz@gmail.com / @caffeinatedjazz

For whatever reason, the UK Jazz scene has never been fully embraced by Americans. Aside from being embarrassingly narrow-minded of us, this exclusionary mindset has resulted in our missing out on some truly noteworthy modern jazz. Subterranea is the debut album from six piece ensemble Mosaic, led by 2015 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize winner and British vibraphonist Ralph Wyld. A unique and at times chaotic album, it is one that deserves to be heard and discussed.

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Evolve for 21 January 2017

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

Barry Goettl, host of evölve, asked me to fill in for his two hour show. It's a more structured deal -- it runs through the JazzWeek albums charts and features an album every show (I decided to feature Matt Mayhall's Tropes) -- and it's twice as long as my show. It's usually a challenge for me to program a two hour show but I stepped up to the task and had a good time.

Evölve for 21 January 2017

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The Line-Up for 20 January 2017

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

I've been rather personally dejected lately and this show was on Inauguration Day, which many people, including myself, didn't find to be the most inspiring of occasions. Nevertheless, the show must go on. In fact, it being here is a respite, so I'm glad the show is here and that there's still art to lift our spirits from time to time. I have to keep reminding myself of that. Thankfully my Fridays (and your Mondays) do that for me to a certain degree.

The Line-Up for 20 January 2017

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Charles Lloyd and the Marvels - "Masters of War" feat. Lucinda Williams (Stream)

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

Last year, the always vibrant, visionary saxophonist Charles Lloyd and his group The Marvels released their album, I Long to See You, on Blue Note. It's an amazing album and the group of guitarist Bill Frisell, pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland completely kill live. For a most fitting example, Lloyd released this live recording of them performing Bob Dylan's "Masters of War" at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, California on November 28 featuring Lucinda Williams on vocals. The song has always been weighty, and these folks play it extra heavy, but Lloyd wanted to make sure this version got out today on this particularly solemn American Presidential Inauguration Day. Check out the stream of the song (which is also available for download) and Lloyd's statement after the jump.

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Kneebody's New Album, 'Anti-Hero', Out March 3

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

A new Kneebody album is cause for celebration, that and probably fanatical dancing. The rambunctious quintet consisting of Ben Wendel on tenor sax, Shane Endsley on trumpet, Adam Benjamin on keyboards, Kaveh Rastegar on bass, and Nate Wood on drums (when they aren't multi-tasking, of course) are getting ready to release their next album, Anti-Hero, on March 3rd on Motéma Music. In fact, the first single, "Uprising", is available for download now when you pre-order the album on iTunes. Check it out after the jump; like many things involving this band, you shouldn't sleep on this.