The Line-Up for 24 April 2015

The Line-Up for 24 April 2015

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

I don’t have much to say about this week’s show other than I hope it’s as good as it usually is. It’s certainly just as new.

The Line-Up for 17 April 2015

Ben Williams – Black Villain Music
I like the dichotomy of starting the show, as I do every week, with a song called “Black Super Hero Theme Song” and then moving immediately into the first song of the show called “Black Villain Music”. The little things amuse me.
Rel – Heart Beat on It
Glenn Zaleski – Cheryl
I wanted to give Zaleski’s new album, My Ideal, some play.
Robert Glasper – Reckoner
I’ve wanted a jazz cover of “Reckoner” since I first heard it. I’ve wanted Radiohead themselves to take that last section at the end for a walk and have been disappointed for years. Now, Robert Glasper has come along and delivered.
Petros Klampanis – Ferry Frenzy
I’m still kicking Minor Dispute around. It’s a bit of a delight.
Toro Y Moi – Sweet
Marc Cary – Beehive
It’s an easy decision playing songs from Rhodes Ahead, Vol. 2 on the show each week. The album feels so perfect for this show.
Makaya McCraven – Requests feat. Marquis Hill
I keep coming back to this album. I can’t stay away. When I make playlists, McCraven’s songs are like salt that improve everything and I’m hooked on this album like it’s a hazard for hypertension.
Sarah Elizabeth Charles – Breathe feat. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
I’m still quite taken with Charles’ Inner Dialogue.
Ufsp – Eventually
Albert “Tootie” Heath/Ethan Iverson/Ben Street – I Will Survive
I’ve had a rather interesting week that I’ve endured, so this is a subtle reassurance I’m making for myself. However, this is more here because I haven’t played anything off Philadelphia Beat in a while and I wanted to remind you that this album is still pretty great.
Kevin Hays – Run to the Sun
We just got ahold of Kevin Hays’ New Day and it sounds pretty cool.
Donny McCaslin – 54 Cymru Beats
I’m also still pretty hooked on Fast Future, and now that it’s out, you can be, too.
Makaya – Frequent Flyer
Dave Douglas – Tied Together
I’ve been pretty excited about High Risk for a while now, but when it got in and Kory was super psyched about it, that just cemented things.

Lauren Desberg – “Rock Steady” (Stream)

Lauren Desberg – “Rock Steady” (Stream)

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

Vocalist Lauren Desberg is super cool. She has a super chill voice that carries. She has great taste in the material she sings. She runs in the right circles of young musicians who sound great together and who back her talent impeccably. It’s been a few years since she released her Sideways EP but she just released a new song this weekend, her take on The Whispers’ classic, “Rock Steady”. Give it some love below.

Lauren Desberg – Voice
Walter Smith III – Tenor Sax
Taylor Eigsti – Piano
Chris Smith – Bass
Corey Fonville – Drums
Produced by Drew ofthe Drew
Arrangement by Samora Pinderhughes

The Line-Up for 17 April 2015

The Line-Up for 17 April 2015

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

I’m not sure how much my head was in the game with this week’s show, but I did manage to play a lot of new music in the hour and talked up Stephanie Nilles who is amazing and should definitely be on your radar.

The Line-Up for 17 April 2015

Flying Lotus – Moment of Hesitation
I hadn’t noticed I had missed Herbie Hancock’s birthday until it had long past. Still, I wanted to ,make my usual annual gesture on the show so his work with FlyLo makes the 1 spot this week.
Mister Barrington – Helter’s Kelter
José James – What a Little Moonlight Can Do
I hadn’t been paying attention to José James’ latest album, I wasn’t feeling paying attention to a tribute album, however its fanfare and personnel kept making all that harder and harder to put off.
Sarah Elizabeth Charles – Nardis
The praise I’m continually giving Inner Dialogue is just as present and just as glowing.
Stephanie Nilles – Mazurka
Stephanie Nilles is immensely talented, and amazing personality, a really cool person to hang with, and is out on tour out west for the rest of this month. She blew everyone away last Saturday at Fl!ght and I’m sure she’ll continue to do so as she crosses the country.
Teebs – View Point
Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas – Sound Prints
I wanted to give this new release some play.
Myriad3 – The Where
There are times when I keep an album in my rotation for a while when it’ll late in the game surprise me all over again. Myriad3’s The Where is still surprising me.
Dafnis Prieto Sextet – Blah Blah Blah
I’m excited to have a new Dafnis Prieto Sextet album. Now I’ve got to get to listening to it all the way through.
THEESatisfaction – Wrong Turn
Makaya McCraven – The Jaunt
Every other week or so, I mentally sort out the blurb I’ll eventually write when I set In the Moment atop my favorite albums of the year list.
Jeremy Pelt – Harlem Thoroughfare
I honestly don’t think I’ve enjoyed an album from Jeremy Pelt more than I have Tales, Musing, and Other Reveries.
Ben Williams – Half Steppin’
The new Ben Williams album, Coming of Age, is dope but this song right here? It knocks.
Mndsgn – Convert
Stephanie Nilles – Transistor
I’m serious about Stephanie Nilles, y’all.

The Line-Up for 10 April 2015

The Line-Up for 10 April 2015

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

This week’s show was made in a rush, honestly. This week’s Line-Up was put together last Tuesday before I went out to New Orleans with the Fl!ght crew, hanging a very dope art show at the Good Children Gallery in the 9th Ward. I had a great time there and definitely want to go back soon. Nevertheless, I left this show for y’all. Hope you enjoy it. There’s a lot of new music in it.

The Line-Up for 10 April 2015

Kirk Knuffke – Root
Kory was speaking pretty highly of the latest from Kirk Knuffke, so I felt it was a good choice for the 1 spot.
Mndsgn – Convert
Aidan Carroll – Undiscovered Simplicities
I tossed another track from Original Vision in the mix because I want this album to get more love.
Petros Klampanis – March of the Sad Ones
I’ve been delving into in the past week and have fallen for it, though I’ve also remembered once again how much I love hearing Gilad Hekselman at play. The rest of this album is really good, though.
Mndsgn – Sheets
Avishai Cohen Trio – Abie
The latest from the Avishai Cohen Trio really is a burner.
Marc Cary – Below the Equator
There are less than two weeks to the Art of Cool Festival. Are you ready for it?
Sarah Elizabeth Charles – Bells feat. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
I was sold pretty early on with Sarah Elizabeth Charles and that’s documented. It’s also documented that I’m sold on her latest album, Inner Dialogue. I wanted to reiterate that.
Teebs – View Point
David Chesky & Jazz in the New Harmonic – Kill the Philharmonic
This was a recommendation Kory made was I was putting this show together, but I also thought I heard it on the air earlier in the week and it lingered around in my skull, looking for a source. Now, maybe it’ll linger around in yours.
Larry Coryell – Ghost Note
This was another recommendation from Kory that I agreed with.
MF DOOM – High John
Father Figures – You’re Not My Real Dad
All throughout South by SouthWest, I kept trying to run into guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and percussionist Ian Chang, two thirds of Son Lux who have been really instrumental in giving this experimental music some jazz sensibilities. This kinda never ended up happening. Bhatia asked where I was located and I said San Antonio. Son Lux was set to play the Maverick Music Festival this past weekend, so we knew we’d run into each other again… until I had an art show in New Orleans. So, as the band hit town, I felt it would be an appropriately wry joke to close this week’s show with a song featuring Ian Chang being his particularly awesome self (because I love this song and because this was one of the few songs in the library that had any of these players on it).

The Line-Up for 3 April 2015

The Line-Up for 3 April 2015

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

The annual KRTU spring membership drive has passed and order is restored once again. Yet at the energy of the drive ebbs, there’s still a chance to become a member and there’s still a show with new songs to bring to you all.

The Line-Up for 3 April 2015

Twin Danger – I Love (Loving You)
I’m still working my way through all the folks who played the Jazz for the Masses Party at SouthBy, so music from those artists may still be floating around for a while.
Nujabes – Aruarian Dance
Aidan Carroll – Katsimbalis
I keep revisiting Original Vision a lot lately.
Omer Avital – Hafla
This is one of those albums on the shelves that I keep gravitating back toward (but still need to actually meditate on).
BADBADNOTGOOD – Salmonella
Sarah Elizabeth Charles – White and Blue
Inner Dialogue is a real sensation. People should be playing it in cars and on phones everywhere. It should be all over the radio. Your mom will love it. It’s a great piece of art that needs attention and appreciation.
Dafnis Prieto Sextet – Triangles and Circles
We just got the new Dafnis Prieto Sextet album in, so I’m excited to get to listen to it.
Mndsgn – TXT (MSGS)
Donny McCaslin – 54 Cymru Beats
Have I hyped Fast Future enough? I bet have haven’t yet.
Avishai Cohen Trio – From Darkness
Earlier in the day, this song came up at the radio station and I was grooving to it pretty hard, so I played it again on my show.
Tigran Hamasyan – Double Faced
I’m going to keep hyping Mockroot, for a while longer, too.
Bonobo – Cirrus
Pete Rodriguez Quartet – Arlene
A couple years ago, Austin-based trumpeter Pete Rodriguez stopped me in my tracks one Jazz’SAlive, so it was a delight to see him included in the new live compilation album KRTU put together as a gift for members. Dude’s super dynamic and a part of this great South Texas community of musicians we have down here.

iiii – “Looking Glass” (Video & Download)

iiii – “Looking Glass” (Video & Download)

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

The soulful quartet iiii of vocalist Laila Smith, bassist & vocalist Connor Schultze, percussionist Jeremy Dutton, and guiatarst Alex Graff are set to release an EP later this spring to follow up their self-titled album from 2013. The new single, “Looking Glass”, picks up there iiii left off, combining this group’s take on R&B and jazz quite well and worthy of your attention. Check out the video for “Looking Glass” below and cop the song from their SoundCloud.

Laila Smith: Vocals
Connor Schultze: Bass & Backup Vocals
Jeremy Dutton: Drums & Percussion
Paul Bloom: Keyboard & Piano
Alex Graff: Guitar
Recorded, produced, and mixed at Trial & Error Studios

The Line-Up for 27 March 2015

The Line-Up for 27 March 2015

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

It’s once again time for the Jazz 91.7 FM membership drive, and for the first time since my being at the station, I found myself able to go live for my show during it. Little did I know, the membership drive configuration does not allow for hot keys, the means through which I bed music under my mic breaks. This has resulted in actual silence for me to fill between sets. Maybe this was just me being uncomfortable, or maybe it took away from the personality of the show. I don’t know. Either way, it won’t be like this next week, I’m sure. The bulk of the music in the hour is really dope, though, and if you believe in this show and the rest of the work we do at KRTU San Antonio, pledge your support at http://join.krtu.org/.

The Line-Up for 27 March 2015

Butcher Brown – Country Boys
I wanted to carry a little bit of the magic of last week’s Jazz for the Masses Party into this week’s show, so I gave our good friends from RVA the 1 spot.
Ben Goldberg – What Was That
I haven’t yet listened to the new album from Ben Goldberg, Orphic Machine, but people are talking about it so I figure I’ll play something on the show this week to dip my toe in the water.
Omer Avital – Hafla
This was another attempt of me staying current and listening to new music with the rest of you.
Aidan Carroll – Shaministic
I’m really enjoying Aidan Carroll’s album, Original Vision, but “Shaministic” is a real favorite of mine.
Donny McCaslin – This Side of Sunrise
Fast Future drops tomorrow and you should be well aware of its awesomeness. Don’t let a Donny McCaslin album pass you by.
Sarah Elizabeth Charles – Nardis
I absolutely adore Sarah Elizabeth Charles’ new album, Inner Dialogue, but this version of “Nardis” takes the cake.
Avishai Cohen Trio – Lost Tribe
Yet another of the new picks with which I’m familiarizing myself with the rest of you.
Makaya McCraven – The Jaunt
Everything on In the Moment is a winner and no one I encounter disagrees.
Marc Cary – Beehive
The notion of Marc Cary going electric is always exciting, so his Rhodes Ahead, Vol. 2 is pretty exciting.
Jason Moran – Sheik of Araby/I Found a New Baby
If you go to http://join.krtu.org/ and pledge to the station at the $120 level, just $10 a month, you can receive Jason Moran’s All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller as a gift. There are also numerous other perks, but it seemed right to close on this note for the week.

Soulection’s ‘Love is King’ Sade Tribute Compilation

Soulection’s ‘Love is King’ Sade Tribute Compilation

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

The last week, a musical craze hit the wave. No, it wasn’t the South By SouthWest festival (well, not entirely), but Soulection’s tribute to Sade, the Love is King compilation, streaming on SoundCloud. These twelve songs feature remixes of classic Sade tunes from the likes of AbJo, e s t a., LAKIM, and others. It’s the reworking you never knew you need but may have always wanted. Cop it for free at the Soulection site, though you should definitely stream it below in the meantime. Don’t sleep on this like I did (over the last week when I was at SouthBy, still missing out).

Sarah Elizabeth Charles – ‘Inner Dialogue’

Sarah Elizabeth Charles – ‘Inner Dialogue’

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

Sarah Elizabeth Charles is an exhilarating vocalist who clearly rises above the field. Every time she appears on a project of someone else’s, in some new configuration, or releasing work of her own, it’s a breath of fresh air and a reminder of how great and inspiring music can really be. There are a lot of ho hum jazz and R&B vocalists out there who don’t have Charles’ range, her insights, her spirit of collaboration. In that regard, this is why Charles’ sophomore album, Inner Dialogue (out today on Truth Revolution Records), is so welcome.

The album, which Charles co-produced with trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, is soulfully moving. It inhabits a spot in jazz, soul, and R&B that isn’t afraid of veering too far in any of these directions, ultimately embracing something that’s larger than any of these parts on their own. The core group here of Charles’ vocals met with pianist/keyboardist Jesse Elder, bassist Burniss Earl Travis II, and drummer John Davis are outstanding. Travis’ groove centered bass playing has been a staple of the rootsiest works of at least the last decade. He’s a constant pleasure to listen to, particularly with John Davis whose drumming is full and rich, always interesting but never distracting. Yet Elder is all kinds of amazing on this album, whether playing piano, keyboards, or the Rhodes. There’s always something to marvel at in his playing.

Guesting on this album is the always very cool Jesse Fischer who plays glockenspiel on a few tracks and wrote album closers “More” and “Haitian Sunrise”. Camila Meza is also featured on guitar throughout, and Scott aTunde Adjuah’s trumpet sweetly blares on “Breathe”, the album’s second track and second released single, as well as on “Bells”.

What results is one of the best soul jazz albums of the first quarter of 2015, and it’s entirely capable of holding the title all the way through. Inner Dialogue is an achievement you’ll be spinning on repeat for quite a while.

Sarah Elizabeth Charles’ new album, Inner Dialogue, is out now on Truth Revolution Records.

Sarah Elizabeth Charles: Voice
Jesse Elder: Piano, Keys and Rhodes
Burniss Earl Travis II: Bass
John Davis: Drums

SPECIAL GUESTS
Christian Scott: Trumpet
Camila Meza: Guitar
Jesse Fischer: Glockenspiel

Art of Cool & Nextbop editor Anthony Dean-Harris hosts the modern jazz radio show, The Line-Up, Fridays at 9pm CST on 91.7 FM KRTU San Antonio and is also a contributing writer to DownBeat Magazine and the San Antonio Current. You should follow him on Twitter.

The Line-Up for 20 March 2015

The Line-Up for 20 March 2015

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

This week’s show was a far far forethought, prepared weeks in advance as I was currently in Austin at the time in the middle of SXSW, my day party past and with me wandering through Austin determining what I might see and do next. However, I couldn’t leave you, dear listener, without radio.

The Line-Up for 20 March 2015

Mark Little – Ka-Plow’s Day Off
Mark Little’s new album, Suite Mother, has been getting a lot of play at the station lately, not only because Little is a local San Antonian, but also because it’s just plain good. I honestly don’t pay enough attention to my local jazz scene, and I end up sleeping on folks I shouldn’t be.
Gold Panda – We Work Nights
Donny McCaslin – Fast Future
McCaslin’s Fast Future drops next week and it’s awesome. I’ve been really hype about this album all month and the rest of the world should be soon.
DRKWAV – Shmeeans Kuti
Putting a DRKWAV song on The Line-Up lately has been a little joy of mine. I’ve been particularly enjoying The Purge.
Makaya – Late
Makaya McCraven – First Things First
Because this show was me literally filling time because I had to pick two hours of music in one sitting, I knew taking 12 minutes right off the table with such an awesome groove was an easy decision.
Makaya – Diversions
Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet – Butterfly
I meant every word of my recent review of Intents and Purposes. This is an album about creation from exploration. It’s great.
Marc Cary – African Market
Marc Cary is dropping a new album. Marc Cary is playing AoC Fest next month. It’s all pretty exciting, huh?
DJ Harrison – She Think She Qtron
Chris Potter Underground Orchestra – Imaginary Cities 2: Dualities
This caught my eye in the library so I ran with it.