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Rotem Sivan - 'Antidote' (EPK)

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

Rotem Sivan is one of my favorite guitar players. He's a nimble player and an engaging composer, and his trio including bassist haggai Cohen Milo and drummer Colin Stranahan are gelling magnificently. The featured songs with vocalist/ukulele player Gracie Terzian are sweet little treats that pop up here and there, giving a different sort of flavor. So it's with a good deal of enthusiasm that we're looking forward to his news album, Antidote, out July 11th on Aima Records. I will undoubtedly have more to say about this very impressive addition to Sivan's body of work as Antidote's release date approaches but in the meantime, check out the preview video after the jump.

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The Line-Up for 21 April 2017

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

I have mobility and the continued ability to be out at night, despite my previous fears. I'm making a way at life somehow, but that's not important right now. What is important is my continued ability to make The Line-Up and to make it as good as I can make it, so here's another week of newness.

The Line-Up for 21 April 2017

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DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski, & Scofield - 'Hudson'

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, and John Scofield share not only extremely high-level improvisational ability, but also the Hudson River Valley as a home. Good news for us, as they've joined up to put together a new album, Hudson, that will be released in June. The first track, "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" is now available to stream at their bandcamp site. Don't go in expecting Bob Dylan's version, as (not surprisingly, given the people involved) this group deeply abstracts the tune and takes it to some wild places. Listen after the jump and get excited.

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Taylor Haskins - 'Gnosis'

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

Gnosis sounds like the future. Of course, this will sound like an odd statement when time passes and fashions change -- when synthesizers phase back out of style, only to cycle back in again as styles tend to do -- but while it's hard to describe a period in a period, it's plain to see that Gnosis, the latest album from trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist Taylor Haskins, is not of this time.

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Bram Weijters & Chad McCullough - 'Feather'

Alex Marianyi
Staff Writer
alex.marianyi[at]gmail.com / @alexmarianyi

Through all that’s changed in jazz in the last hundred or so years, quality interaction has always made great jazz great. A saxophonist’s line responding to a vocalist’s lyric, a drummer and bassist pushing and pulling the groove into the right feel. Solo albums sometimes fall flat for want of it, and large ensembles can give so much of it so freely that it almost becomes worthless noise. A duo album, such as Bram Weijters & Chad McCullough’s Feather, can suffer from both by not having enough people for new and varied interaction or by being so free together that it becomes over-reactive with interaction. Fortunately, Weijters and McCullough balance their interaction with groove and musicality as they string each song into a multifaceted gem of an album.