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Nextbop Radio Hour (Ep. 5)

Sébastien Hélary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

Recorded this show about a week ago for those of you paying attention to the Mixcloud. One hour of nothing but brand new cuts by Chris Dave and the Drumhedz, THIEFS, Woolly Mammals, John Raymond, Chase Jackson, Ryan Keberle & Frank Woeste, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Walter Smith III, Kamasi Washington and Marquis Hill.

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Onyx Collective - 'Lower East Suite Part One' and 'Lower East Suite Part Two'

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

I’m a sucker for albums that inhabit a very specific geographical location. Albums that, upon listening to, make you "feel" as if you are physically and emotionally there. Albums where the vibe of the music is inseparable from the connection to the city or neighborhood that the artist is inspired by or rooted in (e.g. Burial/South London, DJ Screw/East Houston, Kermit Ruffins/the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans). Unfortunately, in the social media age, where we have access to virtually visit nearly any location in the world, it is easy to lose sight of how effective music alone can be in achieving this goal. Onyx Collective is trying to change that.

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Immortal Onion - 'Ocelot of Salvation'

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

Polish piano-bass-drum trio Immortal Onion are a young group, early twenties. They've got mastery of their instruments and they have a sound that's of their time. That's how youth invents-- as a desire to express present influences, driven by the winds of their taste. In their debut album, Ocelot of Salvation, one can hear an aural collage of what made them and what they have made in return.

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Ben Wendel - "Stars Fell on Alabama" (Video)

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

Ah, the overdubbed Brady Bunch video. They're the internet's way of saying I'm-a-one-person-musical-badass. One can do these sorts of overdubs live or in audio recording, but this way has that extra dimension to it. (Hey, it's how the world first fell for Jacob Collier.) Ben Wendel has made a couple of these takes on jazz standards (he also made one for "Monk's Mood") and he's certainly a musical badass in all manner of reed instrument. He, however, may not have enough shirts to keep doing these videos, he so claims. Nevertheless, he's doing this to try something new and in part to drum up attention in the new year to the new moves he's making like his Seasons Tour with Aaron Parks, Gilad Hekselman, Matt Brewer, Eric Harland, Henry Cole and Kendrick Scott, starting with a week at New York's Village Vanguard from February 27th to March 4th and an assortment of dates after that. Check out his arrangement of "Stars Fell on Alabama" after the jump and check out his upcoming tour dates at his his website.

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Herbie Hancock on 'Austin City Limits'

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

It's hard to believe but legendary pianist Herbie Hancock had, before quite recently, never performed on the equally legendary American public television show Austin City Limits. This changed last week when he appeared on the show, gracing the Moody Theater with his immense talent and sweet fusion grooves. Watch Hancock perform the timeless, "Cantaloupe Island", the jam "Secret Sauce", and the classic "Actual Proof" after the jump.