The second single from Robert Glasper’s much anticipated June 16th Blue Note Records trio album is upon us. We pretty much said all we could about Covered when we posted the first single, a cover of Radiohead’s “Reckoner”, and before that when we posted about Glasper touring the Steinway factory. After a couple listens, we can ascertain, in complete humility, that the album attains dope as fuck status. Check out the second single from Covered, a cover of Jhené Aiko's "The Worst" featuring as always Vicente Archer on bass and Damion Reid on drums. You can pre-order the album on iTunes and Amazon if you like what your hear. Also check out the trio’s tour dates at the bottom of the post.
The time we have all been waiting for has come. The illustrious Robert Glasper is set to drop a new album June 16 on the famed Blue Note label, this time reverting to the acoustic trio format with co-conspirators Vicente Archer on bass and Damion Reid on drums. The trio, which recorded Glasper’s first two Blue Note albums Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007), reconvened last December at the Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California, to record Covered in front of an intimate live audience. The album, as you may have guessed, features a variety of covers ranging from the jazz standard “Stella By Starlight” to songs by Kendrick Lamar, John Legend, Musiq Soulchild, Bilal, Radiohead and Joni Mitchell. Check out Glasper’s cover of Radiohead’s “Reckoner” along with the original below the jump, his first single off Covered which can be pre-ordered on iTunes and Amazon.
Our Point of View needs no introduction. The Blue Note Supergroup assembled to celebrate the label’s 75th anniversary features all-stars Robert Glasper on keys, Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet, Lionel Loueke on guitar, Marcus Strickland on saxophone, Derrick Hodge on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums. A lot of you caught their set at Le Poisson Rouge, broadcasted by NPR’s Jazz Night in America, but did any of you see the concert they did at the Blue Note Festival in France? Live from Paris’ famed Olympia Theater catch the 1 hour 40 minutes mind-bending show below the jump. Video, courtesy of Arte, expires May 21st.
You’ve certainly heard the expression “like a kid in a candy store”. But what about “like Robert Glasper at the Steinway factory”? Glasper recently earned his golden ticket to the promised land of piano makers having been named an official Steinway Artist, a slightly better deal than the one he got from Willy Wonka which he had to turn down. As a Steinway Artist, Glasper joins a roster of some of the most dynamic names in piano, including Lang Lang, Diana Krall, Jason Moran, and Harry Connick, Jr. Check out Glasper as he tours the Steinway factory, in preparation for the 2015 NYC Winter Jazzfest, below the jump.
What happens when a MacArthur Fellow and a two-time Grammy winner cross paths to perform a piano duo? You guessed it, earth-shattering artistry and mind-bending fireworks!! Check out Jason Moran and Robert Glasper perform a one hour set to celebrate Blue Note Records 75th anniversary. Filmed last November at the Blue Note Festival in Paris, the video, courtesy of Arte, expires May 20th, 2015.