The Robert Glasper Experiment just unleashed their 2nd single from their highly anticipated new album ArtScience due out September 16. As if it’s possible to get even more excited about this album, “Day To Day” sends me right over the edge. With Casey Benjamin on lead vox “Day To Day” is reminiscent of the funk/soul/jazz driven albums of Herbie Hancock in the 70s. Think Herbie Hancock Sunlight and Monster. And as per usual, Mr. Glasper owns the keys and caresses them with his signature loving touch. Check out the single below and grab the album September 16. Also check your favorite online retail outlet to place your pre-order.
ALBUM OUT NOW!
“a calmer, gentler approach, but also loaded with simmering passion” – Okayplayer
“A star for his R&B and hip-hop work, Robert Glasper here applies his elegant jazz skills with an all-acoustic trio to an inviting tracklist that was mostly written to be sung… eloquent improv from the pianist and his long-time jazz trio of bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid… a warm, musical and humane Glasper venture.” – The Guardian
Ten years after making his Blue Note debut—and following two GRAMMY-winning volumes of his critically and commercially successful R&B-oriented Black Radio albums — Robert Glasper has returned to his acclaimed acoustic jazz trio on Covered. Glasper, bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid — who form the original trio featured on Glasper’s first two Blue Note albums: Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007) — reconvened at the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California in December to record the album in front of an intimate live audience.
The set list features songs by hip-hop and R&B stars like Kendrick Lamar, Jhené Aiko, John Legend, Musiq Soulchild, and Bilal alongside the jazz standard “Stella By Starlight.” Displaying his trademark eclecticism, Glasper also includes tunes by Radiohead and Joni Mitchell, along with a stirring collaboration with legendary singer/activist Harry Belafonte. The Glasper originals on the album include a re-working of “I Don’t Even Care,” a bonus track from Black Radio 2 that featured Macy Gray and Jean Grae.
Covered is available on CD and as a 2 LP Vinyl Set.
Robert Glasper North American Tour Dates:
June 17 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
June 19-20 – SFJAZZ – San Francisco, CA
June 23 – Jane Mallett Theatre – Toronto, ONT
June 24-27 – Blue Note Jazz Club – New York, NY
June 28 – Montreal Jazz Festival – Montreal, QB
July 5 – Essence Festival – New Orleans, LA
August 15 – Chastain Park Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
It’s always an exciting time when you learn that your favorite artist is working on a new album. Blue Note recording artist José James has something very special in store for jazz fans and fans of the legendary, incomparable Billie Holiday. Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday will be José James’ third album on the historic Blue Note label scheduled for release Spring 2015. Check out his short films below as he gives us a behind the scenes glimpse into the making of the album and why he’s making a tribute album to Lady Day.
Don’t miss the NYC Winter JazzFest: Blue Note Now!
Featuring Robert Glasper Trio (top left), José James (top right), Derrick Hodge (bottom left), and Kendrick Scott (bottom right).
Thursday January 8 at Le Poisson Rouge NYC.
November will see the worldwide release of Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression, the first official illustrated history of Blue Note Records, authored by Richard Havers and including forewords by Wayne Shorter, Robert Glasper and Blue Note Records President Don Was. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records, the beautiful 400-page hardcover book celebrates over seven decades of extraordinary music, and Blue Note’s ongoing commitment to “Uncompromising Expression,” the tenet set forth by founder Alfred Lion, a German immigrant who came to America to pursue his dreams and love of music. Tracing the evolution of jazz from the boogie woogie and hot jazz of the 1930s, through bebop, hard-bop, the avant-garde and fusion, to the eclectic mix Blue Note releases today, the book also narrates a complex social history from the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany to the developments in music and technology in the late 20th century.
Featuring classic album artwork, unseen contact sheets, rare ephemera from the Blue Note Archives, commentary from some of the biggest names in jazz today, and feature reviews of seventy-five key albums, this is the definitive book on the legendary label.
Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression available for pre-order now.
Last week on May 29th the world lost celebrated jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller at the age of 57 due to complications from a recent a stroke. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Miller family and jazz fans worldwide. Mr. Miller recorded hundreds of album as a leader and sideman during his 30 year recording career. He worked extensively with singer Betty Carter, trumpeter Woody Shaw, drummer Tony Williams and drummer Art Blakey as a member of the Jazz Messengers from 1983-1986.
In recent years Mr. Miller had become a teacher and mentor to some of the most prominent jazz musicians in music today. Whether sharing the stage or recording in the studio, Mr. Miller inspired a new generation of jazz musicians, like trumpeter Roy Hargrove, bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Karriem Riggins. Hodge and Riggins were also in a trio with Mr. Miller.
In 2007, pianist and then up and comer Robert Glasper recorded a tribute to Mulgrew Miller entitled One For ‘Grew (Mulgrew Miller) on his My Element LP which was his second album for Blue Note Records. Click the album cover below to check out the Mp3 of One For ‘Grew (Mulgrew Miller).
R.I.P. MULGREW MILLER