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Martin Nevin - "Sculpting in Time" (Video)

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

Bassist and composer Martin Nevin has shared the stage with the likes of Albert “Tootie” Heath, Greg Osby, Ethan Iverson, and Ambrose Akinmusire, but Tenderness is Silent, to be released June 29th, marks his debut as a leader. Hard to categorize, drawing inspiration as much from jazz as from chamber music, Nevin’s compositions are introspective, deeply contemplative and cerebral in nature. Joined by Craig Weinrib on drums, Sam Harris on piano, and Roman Filiu and Kyle Wilson on saxophones, Nevin constantly challenges our wits with twists and turns worthy of an Agatha Christie novel. This could explain why he recently received an award from the Jerome Fund for New Music by the American Composers Forum. The album name, Tenderness is Silent (titled after a poem by Anna Akhmatova), refers to the inadequacy of words in expressing the most important and deepest of all feelings. When love is present it is unmistakable, inexpressible, and silent. The music occupies that silence. You can watch the video for “Sculpting in Time” taken from the recording session below.

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Jesse Fischer - "Punjab" (Stream)

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

Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson would have turned 81 today. Everybody's got their favorites and Henderson is pianist/producer Jesse Fischer's. So in tribute of the legend, Fischer just dropped the first single to his upcoming album, Flipped II, his take on Henderson's tune, "Punjab", featuring Billy Buss on trumpet, Godwin Louis on alto sax, and Fischer filling in all the other nooks and crannies with his particular ear for production melded with his distinct flair on the keys. It's a cool tune worth copping on Fischer's Bandcamp (because dude understands the importance of Bandcamp for artists as opposed to other, less equitable streaming services), particularly since it's linked after the jump.

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The Line-Up for 20 April 2018

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

Last Friday fell on 4/20, which is always nice, but was also just a Friday. As usual, that means Friday had a good Line-Up. I kept to what newness came to the radio station mostly this week since I forgot my external hard drive at home, but there's definitely plenty of newness to go around.

The Line-Up for 20 April 2018

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Petros Klampanis' Rooftop Stories Video Series

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

Bassist/composer Petros Klampanis is a superbly talented musician with quite the mind for arrangement. His last album, Chroma, certainly is proof of that. Yet little else really displays arranging prowess quite like one person and a looping pedal. Klampanis managed to combine his, his world travels, and good cinematography to create his Rooftop Stories, Klampanis' video series where he makes a song with just his voice, his bass, and a looping pedal on the rooftop of a building in Athens, Greece, London, England, Havana, Cuba, or Tel Aviv, Israel. At least those are the spots he's featured so far. They're pretty fantastic videos. Check them out in after the jump.

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Portico Quartet - 'Untitled (AITAOA #2)'

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

Radiohead's 2001 album, Amnesiac, was recorded in the same sessions as their 2000 album, Kid A, which saw the group begin their exploration into a more electronic sound. It's hard not to think about those albums when listening to the Portico Quartet's 2018 album, Untitled (AITAOA #2), which was recorded in the same sessions as last year's release, Art in the Age of Automation, though these albums are a return to form as opposed to a tonal divergence. Once again, this group has combined their electronic and jazz influences into something quite grand. To try to heap additional praise on them is to repeat more of the same of the ethereal brilliance they released in their last album.