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Alex Stuart - 'Aftermath' (Album Review)

Sebastien Helary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

Australian guitarist Alex Stuart moved to Paris in 2005. He’s since then recorded three albums, won the jury prize at the Jazz à Juan International Jazz Festival, and was nominated for the Freedman Fellowship (awarded to the best emerging Australian jazz artist). His newest opus entitled Aftermath is set to drop November 24 on French label Jazz Family. Aftermath is a response to the November 2015 Paris attacks, “an album inspired by the dark turning point the world is facing today, but also by the omnipresent and evident beauty that surrounds us” in Stuart’s words.

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What to Pitch for a Review 2.0

Sebastien Helary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

We get a lot of emails, I mean A LOT of emails, from people looking to be featured on Nextbop. Honestly, it’s flattering and we thank you for your interest, but we’ve found along the years a lot of musicians don’t understand how to properly pitch their work to a publication. Anthony already wrote a post on the matter three years ago (that still has some play), but I feel some of you may need a more concise and to the point refresher course. So here’s our best practices to being featured on our website.

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Sam Newsome & Jean-Michel Pilc - 'Magic Circle' (Album Review)

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

Jean-Michel Pilc plays the piano as if there were drums present, particularly in times when there isn't. His left-handed beat is infectious, almost as much as his loquacious right hand. He more than most can be captivating playing piano solo, which makes his duo work with soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome even more riveting a listen. Newsome finds depth in the soprano saxophone like a man who knows every secret and mood of the sea. Come for his light patter, but stay for the bellowing.

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Brandon Seabrook's 'Needle Driver'

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

Guitarist Brandon Seabrook's new album, Needle Driver, is quick and dirty. It could hardly be classified as a jazz album, but we're going out on a limb and saying it is anyway. The combination of Seabrook with drummer Allison Miller alongside bassist Johnny Deblase are making something more akin to instrumental metal, but it's still a five-song collection of songs melding improvisation and structure that will turn heads.

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The Line-Up for 3 November 2017

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

A First Friday once again brings a new panoply of music and the second half of the hour gets super weird. This is a fun one.

The Line-Up for 3 November 2017