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Jamire's Words of Wisdom (XII)

"Fellas: You know it's bout to be spring in NY when the halter tops are out. The hills are alive!"

Jamire Williams

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Our first Montreal artist!

US: iTunes, Amazon MP3
Canada: iTunes


[Listen to Remi-Jean LeBlanc in the Nextplayer]

Well, in case you hadn't noticed, we're from Montreal and we've been taking a lot of heat locally because we haven't featured any Montreal musicians on Nextbop. But Justin and I didn't want to put up a musician from Montreal just because he was from Montreal. You dig? So a couple of months ago, we decided to scout [Remi-Jean LeBlanc]'s gig at the Upstairs, because I liked what he put up on his MySpace. The show was INSANE! Remi-Jean's a young electric bass player (although he also plays upright) who started a quartet with piano, guitar and drums. I should also note that he plays with John Roney, which is undoubtedly one of Montreal's most talented piano player (John if you read this, got hit NYC. You're gonna be HUGE!). Justin and I absolutely fell in love with the band so it's truly an honor to welcome them to Nextbop! Once again, you can check out our YouTube mash-up to get a taste of their sound. We also have 4 tracks off Remi-Jean's debut album for you to stream on his profile!

Peace out.

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New Artist: Eric Legnini

US: iTunes, Amazon CD, Amazon MP3
Canada: iTunes, Amazon CD


[Listen to Eric Legnini in the Nextplayer]

Trippin’: The title makes sense, reference to “Struttin’”, the Meters’ anthem album, and the sound of New Orleans. Straightaway, on the title-theme, the Fender gets into the trance. An old-style turnery, with two offbeat fingers. The Fender is again the one setting the tone on “Rock the days”, where the Fender forges ahead, and on “Doo-Goo” where it forms a lighter bedrock. In the same shade is “Casa Bamako”, with a more Afro flavor underlined by a touch of Gospel. The same which irrigates “Them That Got”, a blues track by Ray Charles, which [Eric Legnini] and his accomplices play classic, certainly not basic, evoking the “preacher” Les McCann, one the pianist’s heroes. Same when he borrows “Con Alma” from Dizzy, but “in the spirit of Jamal’s trio”. Further in, he gives a totally new shape to “The Secret Life of Plants” by Stevie Wonder, without betraying its poetic writing… So he goes, solo, for an “Introspection” with a graver tone, to make the ‘churchy’ sound – so spiritual - ring different. From clean lines to more abstract strokes, Eric Legnini paints a black and white self-portrait, more consistent with the diversity of his pianistic originality. What is the sensitive “The Sleeping Bee”, where the shadow of Bill Evans floats, telling us? It is another type of soul from someone who has an appetite for the more elevated style of a Ramsey Lewis. « Today I accept the whitest part that is in me ». Like in “The Shadow of Your Smile”, a story of melody on which he plays more openly and lyrically. Never over-playing or over-doing it. Less is better. It’s a classic. It’s always relevant. « It’s the place to which all musicians aspire. It simply requires time ». You have to “trip” well before you can recompose all the pieces of the puzzle of your own identity.

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For Your Continued Support

Written by [Anthony Dean-Harris]

My home radio station, [KRTU San Antonio], is currently in the middle of its semiannual pledge drive. Since I volunteer at a non-commercial, public radio station, much of its operation budget comes from listener donations, so twice a year, we make a plea to our audience (hopefully you’re included in that, dear reader) to donate to KRTU and become a member of the station. This schilling process involves a series of rather detailed pitches to the listener on why supporting the station and jazz music is important.