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My Favorite Standards: "All the Things You Are"

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

Sometimes, life’s beauty lies in a memory encapsulated in a song. I have fallen in love with more songs than women, yet my favorite of them all remains “All the Things You Are”.

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Makaya McCraven - 'Highly Rare'

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

Something about drummer/producer Makaya McCraven's aesthetic always seems to come off as gritty. Sure, his latest album, Highly Rare, was recorded live to 4-track tape in a Chicago dive bar, but it's not like that same rawness hasn't always been there in his previous albums. It's not like his style on the kit isn't always fascinating and captivating. It's not like even his beat tape, Split Decision, isn't still the fuzzy jam. The man is a marvel, not just because of his proficiency but also because of his not being afraid to let the grittiness of the sound be an extra bit of texture, and texture is definitely something Highly Rare has in spades.

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Nate Wood as fOUR - "Frozen Head" (Video)

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

It's always fun hearing drummer/multi-instrumentalist Nate Wood, best known for his work in Kneebody. However, his series of one-take videos under the name fOUR has been a highlight of 2017 and we at Nextbop can't get enough of them. The latest, his seventh, is for the song "Frozen Head" about the first ever cryogenically-frozen rabbit head that paved the way for science to determine how to do the same process on human body parts… and for this song (which also includes Wood singing, something new for this video series). Check out the song, made in one shot with no overdubs or pre-recorded backing tracks, after the jump.

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Gianluca Gibbons - "Shades of Me" (Video)

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

Saxophonist Gianluca Gibbons is set to release a somber, ethereal new single, "Shades of Me" on Friday, December 1st. The Bermudan composer has crafted a song that's more of a mood piece and could be an interesting beginning to later work down the line. Check out the video featuring choreography from Keva Walker after the jump and be on the lookout for the track when it's on sale on all the usual mainstream online places.

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Nextbop Radio Hour (Ep. 1)

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

I made a radio show today. 1 hour of #NeoJazz featuring the Ropeadope Records catalog curated by Louis Marks with appearances by The Pollyseeds, Matthew Stevens, Chet Doxas, Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Mark de Clive-Lowe, (U)nity, Nate Smith, Sidewalk Chalk, and Digable Planets.