Next Collective / Cover Art
Album: Cover Art   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Next Collective   Added:Mar 2013
Label:Concord Jazz, Inc.  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2013-06-03 Pull Date: 2013-08-05 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Aug 4 Jul 28 Jul 14 Jul 7 Jun 30 Jun 16 Jun 9
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 1 3 3

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 01, 2013: Rebop
No Church In The Wild
4. Jul 04, 2013: Rebop
2. Jul 25, 2013: Rebop
5. Jun 27, 2013: Rebop
Come Smoke My Herb
3. Jul 13, 2013: Ming Er
Come Smoke My Herb
6. Jun 14, 2013: No Cover, No Minimum

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2013-05-27
MAINSTREAM JAZZ. This purpose-built gathering of players from Concord, including some well-known ones, was assembled by the label’s A&R department to provide a venue for some newcomers. All tracks are covers of contemporary songs (alt, hip hop, etc). Trying so hard to be likeable, this project could have turned out a mess (and in fact, some tracks are disappointingly bland), but much of it actually turned out to be pretty good.

All instrumental. No FCC issues.

1 ** Fast, complex, swinging. A soulful tenor sax solo; a rock-like one on guitar; strong playing by piano, bass, drums. (Song by Swedish electronic group Little Dragon) (6:20)
2 ** Fast. Excellent, very melodic lead on trumpet over a dense, powerful rhythm of piano, guitar, bass, and drums. (Song by Kanye West & Jay Z) (6:46)
3 Mid-slow. A too pretty, too sleepy, “smooth jazz” yawner. (Song by D’Angelo) (4:24)
4 * Mid-tempo. Trumpet leads at times, but this is mainly a showcase for lots of electric bass and drums. (Song by N.E.R.D.) (7:23)
5 Mid-fast. Trumpet & sax share the lead, then electric guitar takes a turn on this rather aimless & uninspired reading of a Pearl Jam song. (6:51)
6 First half mid-slow & mellow. Flute leads over piano, bass, drums. Second half is faster, louder, jazz-rock lead by electric guitar. (Song by Stereolab) (6:35)
7 Mid-slow. Breathy muted trumpet. Piano, elec bass & drums accompany. (Song by Drake) (4:35)
8 ** Fast. Powerful, energetic ensemble playing. Tenor sax passionately provides the melody. Rhythm section rocks it. (Song by Meshell Ndegeocello) (5:22)
9 * Mid-tempo. At once laid back & compelling. Horns lead. Electric guitar with huge echo, chorus, and other effects sounds great. (Song by Bon Iver) (5:27)
10 Slow melody over fast rhythm played alternately by piano, tenor sax, hollow-body electric guitar. Play this one only as a novelty. (Dido’s huge radio hit) (3:49)

Track Listing
1. Twice   6. Refractions In The Plastic Pulse
2. No Church In The Wild   7. Marvin's Room
3. Africa   8. Come Smoke My Herb
4. Fly Or Die   9. Perth
5. Oceans   10. Thank You