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Arthur Hnatek - 'Lualuna Tai - With DKSJ'

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

An album like Lualuna Tai, the four song EP composed by drummer Arthur Hnatek (who has backed the likes of Tigran Hamasyan, Erik Truffaz, and Dhafer Youssef) and performed with the DKSJ All Stars, could easily be described as ethereal. It has a sound that emerges from some fuzziness, finding form and structure and maybe a few tumbles of chaos for even measure. It's an album that reminds one of the amazingness of music, that these objects -- skins on tins, warped metal tubes, wooden cases with strings stretched taut across -- when used as tools can bend the air, and that gifted people with like mind can change time. Each of these songs have a simple energy that lavishes in its growth.

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Jazzahead! 2017

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

The recent Jazzahead! event in Bremen, Germany, featured performances from a who’s who of current jazz players. Thankfully, many of those performances have been recorded and made available to those of us who weren’t able to make it to Germany. Performances from Camila Meza, Gilad Hekselman, Julian Lage, Leo Genovese, and others are streamable online through the Jazzahead! youtube channel. Check out a few favorites from guitar-led trios from Gilad Hekselman and Julian Lage after the jump.

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Anne Mette-Iversen - 'Round Trip'

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

Bassist Anne Mette-Iversen's new quintet album, Round Trip, is described as a set of tunes designed "to return to the starting point via a different road", and the tunes on the album succeed at doing just that. Each song on the album has a feeling of movement and fluidity. At times, that makes for an almost cinematic listening experience.

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The Line-Up for 28 April 2017

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

Some new music has rotated into my orbit, and in the case of the last song of the hour, it rotated into my orbit within that hour. It's a stacked show.

The Line-Up for 28 April 2017

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Phronesis, Julian Arguelles, & the Frankfurt Radio Big Band - 'The Behemoth'

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

The secret of any great piano-bass-drums trio is creating a massive sound from the three elements. These three instruments hold great potential, for soft elegies or bonkers jaunts. Get the right three players together on a piano, bass, and drum set and magic can happen, and more often than most, Ivo Neame, Jasper Høiby, and Anton Eger make magic and have been doing so for years. Yet, in all their bold compositions over the years, some have found room for more. Thus, Julian Argüelles arranged various Phronesis songs for accompaniment by the Frankfurt Radio Big Band. What resulted was The Behemoth, out now on Edition Records.