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Mammal Hands - 'Shadow Work' (Album Review)

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

For some reason, there is a special place in my heart for European jazz music, a breed of its own often misrepresented in North American circles. Even here at Nextbop, only a small minority of the music that reaches our inboxes is European. But here and there if you keep your ear to the ground you can find some real gems coming in from overseas like truffles another European import. Sure the music is less focused on improvisation and chord changes but there is something tantric, meditative and deeply moving with European jazz more focused on patterns and vibes.

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Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop - REV (EPK)

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

Toronto drummer Ernesto Cervini released REV on Anzic Records last week with his band Turboprop namely Tara Davidson and Joel Frahm on saxophones, William Carn on trombone, Adrean Farrugia on piano, and Dan Loomis on bass. As Cervini states, “although I am the band-leader, Turboprop truly feels like a collective due to the passion, commitment and love everybody brings to each performance.” REV features originals by Cervini, Farrugia, Loomis and Carn, as well as three covers: “Pennies from Heaven” dedicated to Cervini’s one year-old daughter Penelope, “No Rain” by Blind Melon and “The Daily Mail” by Radiohead. You can check out the EPK for the album below. REV can be found on Amazon and iTunes.

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(U)nity - '(U)nity is Power' (Album Review)

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

The band (U)nity, co-lead by pianist Axel Laugart and percussionist Amaury Acosta, are legit and have been for a minute now, but with the release of their first proper album, their sound is more fully formed. Their previous releases, singles and mixtapes, had a roughness that showed direction, but with the release of (U)nity is Power, out now on Ropeadope, their meshing of jazz, hip hop, and Afro-Cuban music feels more fully formed and complete.

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The Kris Johnson Group with Lulu Falls - "Painfully Sober" (Video)

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

Earlier this summer, Kris Johnson, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Utah, released his first album with vocalist Lulu Fall, The Unpaved Road. Check out the brand new video for their single "Painfully Sober", a song about volatile relationships and drinking to numb the pain. You can purchase The Unpaved Road on Amazon or on iTunes.

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Danny Janklow's Elevation Band - "Bad Reception" (Video)

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

LA-based alto saxophonist Danny Janklow is quickly making a name for himself. In August 2012, he won First Place at the Detroit International Jazz Festival Saxophone Competition and in 2013, he was chosen as one of fifteen semi-finalists to compete in the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. The 27 year old just released his debut album Elevation earlier this month featuring pianists Eric Reed and John Beasley,
keyboardist Sam Barsh, vibraphonist Nick Mancini, bassists Ben Williams and Benjamin Shepherd, and drummer Jonathan Pinson. Check out the video for “Bad Reception” off the album filmed live at Blue Whale. You can purchase Elevation on Amazon or on iTunes.