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Matthew Stevens - 'Preverbal'

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

What is the actual difference between adventurous, guitar-based contemporary jazz music and instrumental post-rock? Depending on the day, I can get down just as much to Explosions in the Sky or Mogwai as much as I would to Rafiq Bhatia or, in this particular case, Matthew Stevens. For the creators, there's likely little difference, or moreso it matters less to these folks, but if you just had to put your finger on justs what exactly is going on here in the music, there's the finest lines being leapt over like a game of hopscotch in these particular sounds and a true philosophical question could be asked of these creations, particularly in regard to branding and association. With this in mind, Matthew Stevens' sophomore album, Preverbal, has a lot to unpack.

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The Line-Up for 31 March 2017

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

The 2017 KRTU Spring Membership Drive has begun and this week's show is still bringing the best newness it can to put this station's best face forward.

The Line-Up for 31 March 2017

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - 'Ruler Rebel'

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

Since time perpetually moves forward, all movement is technically forward movement. Everything is a form of progression. Experience gives texture to signature, though the elements of signature -- those attributes that define the outward expression of persona -- remain fundamentally intact because the everlasting battle of nature versus nurture will always end up in some sort of tie. When hearing Ruler Rebel, the first of three albums trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah will release this year as part of his Centennial Trilogy, in the context of his body of work, it's apparent that this is the perfect example of the progression of his signature sound.

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SFJAZZ Collective - "111" (Stream)

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

The SFJAZZ Collective which currently features Miguel Zenon, Sean Jones, Dávid Sanchez, Robin Eubanks, Matt Penman, Edward Simon, Warren Wolf and Obed Calvaire are set to release their 2017 album, Music of Miles Davis & Original Compositions. One of those original compositions is from drummer Obed Calvaire-- the shifty, punchy "111". As he notes about the song, "In the process of writing this tune I would myself looking at the clock at 1:11pm, 1:11am and 5:55pm, 5:55am. I thought that was really unique, and I composed my tune with that in mind. 1+1+1=3. The tune is in 3, and the bridge section consists of groupings of 5 over 3. Hope you enjoy!" We hope you enjoy as well as you check out the song after the jump.

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The Line-Up for 24 March 2017

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

I had a few ideas this week for the very new and some of the forgotten.

The Line-Up for 24 March 2017