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Next Collective / Cover Art
Album:Cover Art Collection:Jazz
Artist:Next Collective Added:03/2013
Label:Concord Jazz, Inc. 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2013-06-03 Pull Date:2013-08-05 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:4 Aug28 Jul14 Jul7 Jul30 Jun16 Jun9 Jun

Recent Airplay
1.Thu, 01 Aug 13:Be Sharp
4.Thu, 04 Jul 13:Be Sharp
2.Thu, 25 Jul 13:Be Sharp
5.Thu, 27 Jun 13:Be Sharp
3.Sat, 13 Jul 13:Ming Er
Ming Er
6.Fri, 14 Jun 13:Fo
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