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The Line-Up for 4 July 2014

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

I gave half a mind to try to make some sort of patriotic show but I couldn't figure out how. Had I put more thought into it, maybe something would have come up but instead I did a conventional show. In fact, I sorted through my email for much of this week's show. I'm trying to do better at that. This should be some sort of theme, perhaps since I feel I probably say this every few months or so.

The Line-Up for 4 July 2014

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Libstems - 'Daydream Sounds'

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

It's always amazing to learn how well esteemed jazz is in Japan. It's even moreso to learn how many have such great chops at the American invention. When one thinks about some of the great groups from that country, Libstems would definitely make that list. The quartet of bassist Keisuke Furuki, pianist Shunsuke Sawada , guitarist Yosuke Wada, and drummer Yosuke Nagayama have been together since 2008 and have grown together to release their excellent debut album, Daydream Sounds.

It's an album with a great energy to it. These four sound quite spirited and exhibit great chops. It's frankly more inspired than some American releases around. It's sure to surprise you. Check out a sampler mix of the album after the jump.

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Jon Crowley - 'The Rehumanization' EP

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

Trumpeter Jon Crowley's The Rehumanization EP stays at a low simmer. There aren't many uproarious moments or many frenetic runs. Each of the EP's four songs don't rise above the vibe much higher than ballads. This isn't to say that they're low energy, there certainly is an even keel here that's worth a listen. For just under a half hour, the young NYC grad who has worked generally in the indie rock scene has made a clean, minimalist sound for himself that isn't necessarily geared toward jumping out of your chair but more toward tugging at your heartstrings. Check out his latest release after the jump.

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Marc Cary Focus Trio - "Twelve Stories" (Download)

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

Last year, pianist Marc Cary released a solo piano album in tribute to Abbey Lincoln-- For the Love of Abbey. Now as part of his giving away a free track each month program, he's released a trio version of "For Moseka" called "Twelve Stories" featuring Burniss Earl Travis II on bass and Sameer Gupta on drums. Cop it from Cary's Bandcamp for whatever price you want after the jump.

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Richard Spaven - "SideIISide" (Stream)

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

Drummer Richard Spaven, most recently seen backing José James, is set to release his debut full-length album, Whole Other*, next week. The new album picks up where his 5ive EPs released by Jazz Re:freshed left off, melding electronic, soul, and jazz influences together. To whet your appetite, Spaven just released the first single, "SideIISide", for streaming and purchase. Check out the track featuring vocalist Sharlene Hector and Grant Windsor on Rhodes after the jump.