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Chris Schlarb - 'Making the Saint'

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

Guitarist Chris Schlarb has never really held himself to one sound. The inventive musician can be described as playing in the vein of jazz as much as he can be described as playing along experimental music, drone, or folk veins. There are folks out there who may talk about playing without regard to genre, eliminating those confines, but Schlarb lives that life. Last year, he and his band Psychic Temple did their interweaving on the still gripping II, now he keeps the same new age potpouri vibe with everyone but him stripped away on his new solo release, Making the Saint, out now on Asthmatic Kitty.

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Jason Moran Live With Theaster Gates - 5/30/2014

Alex Marianyi
Contributing Writer
alex.marianyi[at]gmail.com / @alexmarianyi

Looks Of A Lot was theater. It may have been theater that starred Jason Moran’s expert and innovative piano playing and compositions, but it was theater nonetheless. Let’s set the stage.

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Jose James - "EveryLittleThing" (Video)

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

Vocalist/producer José James is set to release his new album on Blue Note Records, While You Were Sleeping, next week. Definitely one of the most live tracks on the album, "EveryLittleThing", just got a new video which James dropped this week on his Vevo account. It's all black and white and stylized and definitely not a jazz music video. Check out some jockeying for some real airtime on some music channel after the jump, and say that you saw this video back when it was just on the internet.

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Mark de Clive-Lowe - 'CHURCH'

Alex Marianyi
Contributing Writer
alex.marianyi[at]gmail.com / @alexmarianyi

This crowd-funded release, the 11th studio album for Mark de Clive-Lowe, does NOT play around. He named it after the live event he has been presenting in New York City and Los Angeles since 2011, and from composition to production, a live feel makes itself apparent throughout.

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Jesse Fischer & Sly5thAve - "Chameleon Revamp" (Download)

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

Keyboardist/producer Jesse Fischer just released another reworking of a classic Herbie Hancock's Head Hunters tune. This time around, he and saxophonist Sylvester Onyejiaka, aka Sly5thAve, tackle "Chameleon". The track is full of the lush production that's part and parcel of Fischer's style, facilitation a smoother transition between the bridge and the head than even Hancock managed in his 1973 original. Check out the track after the jump.