Pianist Robert Glasper has a new album about with a return to his trio of bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid (some of whose work you can hear streaming for the next few days on my guest hosting of Rhythm Heads, including from the new Glasper album). Covered: The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capitol Records takes on songs new and old with Glasper's signature playful fingering on the keys for an altogether pleasant album with unforeseen takes on tunes. Among them is the old standard "Stella By Starlight" which Glasper, Archer, and Reid take for a walk out the park, beyond the fence, out through the parking lot, into the street, down the block a bit, and return back safe and sound, and there's video. Check it out after the jump.
Robert Glasper finally released his new trio album earlier this week on Blue Note Records. We’ve been spinning our press copy on a pretty regular basis and we have nothing but praise for Covered. We already shared the first two singles from the album, covers of Radiohead's "Reckoner" and Jhene Aiko's "The Worst", but to celebrate the official release Glasper has unveiled the video for his cover of Musiq Soulchild’s “So Beautiful”, the third single from the album. Catch the video below and go cop your copy of the record wherever good music is sold.
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.