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Black RadioThe Robert Glasper Experiment's Blue Note Records/EMI release Black Radio is a future landmark recording that boldly stakes out new musical territory and transcends any notion of genre, drawing from jazz hip-hop, R&B and rock, but refusing to be pinned down by any one tag.
The first full-length album from the Grammy-nominated keyboardist's electric Experiment band (Casey Benjamin/sax & vocoderist, Derrick Hodge/bass and Chris Dave/drummer) also features many of Glasper's famous friends from the spectrum of urban music, seamlessly incorporating appearances from a jaw-dropping roll call of special guests including Erykah Badu, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Shafiq Husayn, KING, Ledisi, Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, Meshell Ndegeocello, Stokley Williams and Mos Def.
Throughout, the Experiment wears its eclecticism on its sleeve, presenting new collaborative originals and surprising cover songs. They transform the Afro-Cuban standard Afro Blue with Badu, Sade's Cherish The Day with Hathaway, David Bowie's Letter to Hermione with Bilal and Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit with Benjamin's vocoder vocal.1. Lift Off ft. Shafig Husayn/Mic Check
2. Afro Blue ft. Erykah Badu
3. Cherish the Day ft. Lalah Hathaway
4. Always Shine ft. Lupe Fiasco and Bilal
5. Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) ft. Ledisi
6. Move Love ft. KING
7. Ah Yeah ft. Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele
8. The Consequences of Jealousy ft. Meshell Ndegeocello
9. Why Do We Try ft. Stokely Williams
10. Black Radio ft. Mos Def
11. Letter to Hermione ft. Bilal
12. Smells Like Teen Spirit$34.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Double BookedRobert Glasper is a man of many talents. Certainly, he's both an inarguably accomplished jazz pianist and a first-rate composer. But what Glasper does best is pick drummers. With 2007's In My Element, he provided Damion Reid with a platform to record nothing less than the drum performance of the year. For this album, Glasper teams up with Chris Dave, and the results are astonishing. It's a concept album, sort of. The first half features the Trio (Glasper, Dave, and bassist Vicente Archer) on a handful of originals and a take on Thelonius Monk's Think of One. Throughout, the piano and drums intertwine with a complex integrity that sounds deceptively effortless. Then comes the Experiment: Derrick Hodge replaces Archer with an electric bass; Casey Benjamin adds saxes and vocoder; Bilal and Mos Def drop in for vocal cameos. The Experiment's five tracks differ in texture and depth from the Trio's set, but the adventurousness of the performances and the gorgeous lyricism of Dave's drumming fuse the album's halves into a single musical statement that makes for the year's best jazz album so far. --Jason Kirk1. No Worries
2. Yes I'm Country (And That's OK)
4. 59 South
5. Think of One
9. For You
10. All Matter
11. Open Mind$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Black Radio, Volume 2On their 2012 breakout Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment laid out a new paradigm for creative music, reaching beyond entrenched genre boundaries to create a singular vision that drew from all reaches of contemporary black music and beyond. Black Radio drew unanimous praise from critics across the board and earned Glasper the highest chart positions of his career when the album debuted at #10 on Billboard's Top Current Albums chart, also claiming the #1 spot on both the Billboard Jazz chart and the iTunes R&B chart. The album kept earning accolades all the way to the 2013 GRAMMY Awards where Black Radio was awarded Best R&B Album.
In 2013, RGE ups the ante with the release of Black Radio 2 (Blue Note), another genre-defying effort that takes the Black Radio blueprint and builds to even greater heights. The core remains the Experiment, as astoundingly versatile a band as has ever existed, featuring Robert Glasper on keyboards, Derrick Hodge on bass, Mark Colenburg on drums, and Casey Benjamin on vocoder and saxophone. Providing the vocals throughout is another jaw-dropping roll call of vocalists including Common, Patrick Stump, Brandy, Jill Scott, Dwele, Marsha Ambrosius, Anthony Hamilton, Faith Evans, Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Luke James, Emeli SandÉ, Lalah Hathaway, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
On Black Radio 2, the emphasis is on songwriting with 11 of the 12 tracks new originals, from the soaring lead track "I Stand Alone" featuring rapper Common and vocalist Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy through Jill Scott's sensual ode to connection "Calls" to the reinvention fantasy "Somebody Else" featuring BRIT Award winner Emeli SandÉ. The lone cover is the album closer, a spine-tingling version of Stevie Wonder's "Jesus Children of America" by vocalist Lalah Hathaway that also features a poignant spoken word tribute to the 20 young victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting by poet Malcolm-Jamal Warner. The album was produced by Glasper along with executive producers Nicole Hegeman and Eli Wolf.1. Baby Tonight (Black Radio Intro)
2. I Stand Alone - featuring Common and Patrick Stump
3. What Are We Doing - featuring Brandy
4. Calls featuring - Jill Scott
5. No Worries - featuring Dwele
6. Trust - featuring Marsha Ambrosius
7. Yet To Find - featuring Anthony Hamilton
8. You Own Me - featuring Faith Evans
9. Let It Ride - featuring Norah Jones
10. Persevere - featuring Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco and Luke James
11. Somebody Else - featuring Emeli SandÉ
12. Jesus Children of America - featuring Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm-Jamal Warner$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ArtScienceRobert Glasper Experiment's ArtScience is a driving, ambitious album that forges into new territory, capturing the essence of R&B and Jazz while leaning on Glasper's hip-hop roots. Shedding outside performers and relying solely on the vocal talents of the Experiment, ArtScience is drenched in vocal effects and spans decades of music while firmly stepping into the future. The album weaves through Hip-Hop, R&B, Stevie Wonder-era Disco, and 90s slow jams.1. This Is Not Fear
2. Thinkin Bout You
3. Day To Day
4 .No One Like You
5. You And Me
6. Tell Me A Bedtime Story
7. Find You
8. In My Mind
9. Hurry Slowly
10. Written In Stone
11. Let's Fall In Love
12. Human$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Everything's BeautifulEverything's Beautiful brings Miles Davis' sound into the 21st century, blending a diverse group of master takes and outtakes from across Miles' incredible tenure with Columbia Records (1955-1985) with original reinterpretations. Robert Glasper produced the collaboration. I didn't want to do just a remix record, Glasper noted when discussing the 11-song set. My idea was to show how Miles inspired people to make new art.
Knowing that Miles didn't have one audience, Glasper recruited a legion of diverse guest artists to add to the magic of the project including familiar collaborators like R&B musicians Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Bilal and KING. They are joined by British soul singer-songwriter Laura Mvula; hip-hop producer Rashad Smith; Grammy-nominated Australian neo-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, rapper/producer Illa J; jazz guitarist John Scofield, who collaborated with Davis; and the legendary Stevie Wonder.1. Talking Shit
2. Ghetto Walkin - featuring Bilal
3. They Can't Hold Me Down - featuring Illa J
4. Maiysha (So Long) - featuring Erykah Badu
5. Violets - featuring Phonte
6. Little Church - featuring Hiatus Kaiyote
7. Silence Is The Way - featuring Laura Mvula
8. Song For Selim - featuring KING
9. Milestones - featuring Georgia Ann Muldrow
10. I'm Leaving You - featuring John Scofield and Ledisi
11. Right On Brotha - featuring Stevie Wonder$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Covered: The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live At Capitol Studios10 years after making his Blue Note debut & following 2 GRAMMY-winning volumes of his R&B-oriented Black
Radio albums, Robert Glasper returns to his acclaimed acoustic jazz trio for his new album, Covered (The Robert
Glasper Trio recorded live at Capitol Studios). The album will be released on Blue Note Records & consists
mainly of covers, including Glasper's favorite songs by Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, JhenÉ Aiko, John Legend,
Kendrick Lamar & more, as well as several Glasper originals.LP1
2. I Don't Even Care
5. In Case You Forgot
1. So Beautiful
2. The Worst
3. Good Morning
4. Stella By Starlight
6. Got Over
7. I'm Dying Of Thirst$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Miles Ahead (Soundtrack)The release of the movie MILES AHEAD, Don Cheadle's wildly entertaining and moving exploration of Miles Davis, will be accompanied by this new soundtrack featuring musical highlights from Miles' career and new recordings overseen by Grammy Award-winning jazz/hip-hop artist Robert Glasper.
This is a perfect primer on Davis' career for the new fan and a brilliant audio keepsake of the film for those who've studied his works inside and out. The album features 11 tracks from across Miles' catalogue from 1956 to 1981, select dialogue from the film featuring Cheadle in character, and five original compositions written, co-written, produced or performed exclusively for MILES AHEAD by Robert Glasper. These cues include "What's Wrong with That?" a jam that closes the movie imagining Cheadle as Miles playing in the present day with guest performers Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Gary Clark, Jr. and Esperanza Spalding; plus "Gone 2015," an end-credits song featuring guest verses from rapper Pharoahe Monch. Cheadle also pens new liner notes for the album discussing the selection and creation of the songs on the soundtrack.LP 1
1. Miles Ahead
2. Dialogue: It takes a long time...
3. So What
4. Taylor Made
5. Dialogue: Listen, you talk too goddamn much...
6. Seven Steps to Heaven
7. Dialogue: If you gonna tell a story...
8. Frelon Brun
9. Dialogue: Sometimes you have these thoughts...
10. Duran (Take 6)
1. Dialogue: You own my music...
2. Go Ahead John (part two C)
3. Black Satin
4. Dialogue: Be musical about this shit...
5. Prelude, Pt. 2
6. Dialogue: Y'all listening to them...
7. Junior's Jam
9. Back Seat Betty
10. Dialogue: I don't like the word jazz...
11. What's Wrong with That?
12. Gone 2015$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The MugicianGrammy Award winner, Keyon Harrold, one of the world's most sought-after genre-bending trumpeters, will release The Mugician via Legacy Recordings/Mass Appeal Records.
Long known as the artist's artist - he has worked with Maxwell, Common, BeyoncÉ, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Eminem and a long list of the world's top musical icons - The New York-based musician now takes center stage with a captivating LP that ponders the fears and frustrations of a divided country while yearning for justice and peace.
As the word "Mugician" is an impromptu hybrid of words, this album is an accumulation of Keyon's eclectic tastes, with stylistic twists and turns everywhere taking cues from jazz, hip-hop, blues, rock, reggae, and rap. The new LP features an all-star list of collaborators, including Gary Clark Jr., Big K.R.I.T., Bilal, Pharoahe Monch and Robert Glasper. From spiritual chants and soulful singing to bombastic expressions of frustration and melodic pleas for understanding, Keyon's arrangements color the different ways to hear the world in 2017.
If there are echoes of Miles Davis in Keyon's style and sound, it's no mere coincidence; Keyon played the trumpet sound of Don Cheadle playing Davis in his 2015 biopic Miles Ahead and on its Grammy-winning soundtrack. Don reflects on this and the birth of The Mugician, the nickname that came from that project, in the liner notes, which he contributed to the album.
Ferguson holds a large presence throughout The Mugician. The instrumental "MB Lament" is a tribute to Michael Brown as strings echo a smoking gun while the bass line repeats over and over, reminiscent of the frequency of gun violence and systemic police brutality. "When Will It Stop" answers the calling of "MB Lament" as actor and comedian Guy Torry, also from the St. Louis area, uses humor to confront bigotry, sexism, racism, and more while Keyon leads a driving groove. And on "Circus Show," Keyon and Gary Clark Jr. trade verses and hooks while trying to make sense of America's "Broken" newscast over the repeated phrase "What's going on?"
Themes of home and family loom large on The Mugician. With nine brothers and seven sisters, several of whom are also accomplished musicians, Keyon considers family essential; the album opener "Voicemail" features Keyon's own mother encouraging her son to stay true to himself and to never give up in the face of trials and tribulations. The Mugician is Keyon upholding his mother's wisdom.
Keyon Harrold has become one of the most sought-after trumpeters in the world having been featured on nearly 100 albums spanning jazz, R&B, pop, gospel, blues, and hip-hop. Harrold has recorded with the world's leading artists from Maxwell to Keith Richards and has toured with music's most bold-faced names including BeyoncÉ, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Common, Maxwell, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, and more. In 2016, Keyon released "Running (Refugee Song)" in collaboration with songwriting partner Andrea Pizziconi as part of their initiative Compositions for a Cause. The song, also featuring Grammy Award-winning rapper Common and Grammy Award-winning singer Gregory Porter was included on Billboard's list of "6 Songs Offering Hope & Perspective During Immigration Ban" this past January.
Legacy Recordings and Mass Appeal Records have combined their creative and marketing resources in a first-of-its-kind collaboration on behalf of Keyon Harrold's, The Mugician. "We couldn't be more proud of signing Keyon Harrold and of the album he's made," said Adam Block, President of Legacy Recordings."We're especially excited by the record's range of repertoire and the broadness of Keyon's appeal. Working with Mass Appeal, who've long been champions of Keyon's, exponentially expands our ability to reach fans with Key's music and the creativity and channels with which we'll do that."1. Voicemail (feat. Shirley Harrold)
2. The Mugician (feat. Josh David Barrett)
3. MB Lament
4. When Will It Stop? (feat. Guy Torry)
5. Wayfaring Traveler (feat. Jermaine Holmes, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Robert Glasper)
6. Stay This Way (feat. Bilal and Big K.R.I.T.)
8. Her Beauty Through My Eyes (feat. Pharoahe Monch)
9. Ethereal Souls
10. Broken News (feat. Andrea Pizziconi)
11. Circus Show (feat. Gary Clark Jr.)
12. Bubba Rides Again$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Our Point Of ViewBlue Note All-Stars is a supergroup that celebrates the vitality of Blue Note by looking ahead and assembling the
label's leading artists who steadfastly continue to move Jazz forward. Featuring trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire,
keyboardist Robert Glasper, bassist Derrick Hodge, guitarist Lionel Loueke, drummer Kendrick Scott and tenor
saxophonist Marcus Strickland, the band's repertoire draws from each of these artists' own remarkable catalogs as
well as new spins on Blue Note classics.LP 1
1. Bruce's Vibe
2. Cycling Through Reality
5. Witch Hunt
6. Second Light
3. Message Of Hope
4. Freedom Dance
5. Bruce, The Last Dinosaur$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
A Long Way To The BeginningThe upcoming record from the reigning prince of Afrobeat - and follow-up to 2011's From Africa With Fury: Rise - was co-produced by Grammy winner Robert Glasper and features appearances from M-1 of dead prez, Blitz the Ambassador and Nneka. And so Fela's youngest child has full-steamed ahead with his own inimitable brand of Afrobeat: a sound as compelling as it was when Fela Anikulapo Kuti first fused jazz, funk and soul with highlife and other African rhythms - but with topical lyrics and contemporary influences giving it a modern twist and making it his tightest, most electrifying album yet.1. IMF
2. African Airways
3. Higher Conciousness
4. Ohun Aiye
5. Kalakuta Boy
6. African Smoke
7. Black Woman$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SpiritAMOS LEE has announced his forthcoming six full-length album, SPIRIT, available via John Varvatos Records/Republic Records.
SPIRIT's 13 songs reflect both the critically acclaimed Philadelphia singer and songwriter's musical journey over the past few years and his expansive sonic palette. Most notably, this is the first time, AMOS acted as his own producer. Informed by everything from his performances alongside some of the world's most prestigious orchestras to a personal taste that spans Robert Glasper, ScHoolboy Q, and Drake, this body of work boasts an aural anatomy all its own.1. New Love
2. Running Out Of Time
4. Lost Child
5. Highways And Clouds
7. One Lonely Light
8. Wait Up For Me
9. Till You Come Back Through
10. Hurt Me
13. With You$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now