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The Line-Up for 1 September 2017

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

It's the start of September, fall is beginning, and there's a heap of new music in that is just begging for airtime.

The Line-Up for 1 September 2017

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Portico Quartet - 'Art in the Age of Automation'

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

It's always been hard to peg down the precise sound of the Portico Quartet. The group with the baddest hang (the steel drum, not the conceptual loitering full of camaraderie) in the game has always had electronica elements melded into jazz sensibilities, and with previous efforts to swing the pendulum away from the jazz genre, it's been even more difficult to know what exactly these guys have been up to. However, they've always been master craftsmen and their return back to an earlier sensibility as the Portico Quartet after their 2015 excursion into a more electronic direction, the staid discipline of their sound remains but the jazz sensibility persists nevertheless in their latest album, Art in the Age of Automation, out now on Gondwana Records.

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Rez Abbasi drops new single "Propensity"

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

Guitarist Rez Abbasi is back at it with a new album coming October 6th on Whirlwind Recordings. Unfiltered Universe brings back Abbasi's South Asian-inspired supergroup, Invocation, featuring saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, pianist Vijay Iyer, bassist Johannes Weidenmueller, and drummer Dan Weiss, as well as guest cellist Elizabeth Mikhael for their third album of a trilogy exploring South Asian musical universes.

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Nextbop Interviews Chet Doxas

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

Chet Doxas, arguably one of Montreal’s most illustrious saxophonists, left my endearing hometown three years ago, off to pursue his dream in the bigger and better pastures of the Big Apple. His first project since his self-imposed exile, entitled Rich in Symbols, is set to drop September 8th on Ropeadope Records.

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Marquis Hill - Fantasy feat. Harold Green III (Tiffany Gouche' Cover)

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

Marquis Hill is at his best unadulterated by the constraints put on him by his label. Yes I’d much rather listen to Modern Flows EP Vol. 1 than The Way We Play any day of the week. So when he drops a single, you check it out. His latest is a cover of Tiffany Gouché’s “Fantasy” stemming from an impromptu jam with Joel Ross on vibraphone, Junius Paul on bass, Makaya McCraven on drums and Harold Green III performing spoken word. This is Hill at his finest: uncensored, uncut, fresh and exciting. Check it out below the jump.