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The Line-Up for 19 May 2017

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

I got a jump on things, recording this show last Wednesday due to being in Houston this past weekend for art business, but I still got a jump on the new.

The Line-Up for 19 May 2017

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The Line-Up for 12 May 2017

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

There's a whole heap of super new and relatively new going on this week, but I'm really just relishing in still playing Miles Okazaki and Taylor Haskins yet again.

The Line-Up for 12 May 2017

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Kurt Rosenwinkel - 'Caipi'

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

Few things can put a smile on your face this year quite like Kurt Rosenwinkel's latest Brazilian-influenced album, Caipi, out now on Sunnyside. The man has been an inspiration to a whole generation of jazz musicians for his ambitious but amiable approach to the guitar. However Rosenwinkel has went beyond this, playing most of the instruments, singing, and arranging himself and a few other guests to create a work that puts this aesthetic to even more awe-inspiring application.

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Maria Grand - 'TetraWind'

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

Tenor saxophonist/vocalist María Grand is on Steve Coleman's next album (Morphogenesis with Coleman's group, Natal Eclipse, is out June 23rd on Pi Recordings). Based on her four-song EP, TetraWind, based on each of the four directions, it's understandable why. Her style of composition has that same circular feel to it that is propelled by a steady beat. Her sound feels elemental. Clearly, according to song titles, there are themes investigated through music. Looking into her 23 minute album would seem like a good introduction to her on her own terms. It's clear why she fit right in with a distinct voice like this.

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Orlando LeFleming - "Pretentious Brooklyn" (Stream)

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

Bassist Orlando LeFleming's new project, Romantic Funk, is described as falling "somewhere between the serene, legato passages of early-Jaco-era Weather Report, and the spaced out electronica of late-70's Herbie Hancock". That's a high bar. If the first track available to stream from the project ("Pretentious Brooklyn") is an indicator, though, Romantic Funk should happily sit next to those fusion high-water marks.