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.
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The Saturday Bridge, the fifth release by British duo Shards of Reason, was released earlier this month, and I'm still not quite sure how to feel about it. With its slightly askew opening sample and acoustic piano sound, "Goodbye, She Said" hits on a deep aesthetic. Then, there are other tracks, such as "I Was Bigfoot's Sex Slave" and "Yo! Punish!", that are so unabashedly corny that they're almost cool. Overall, there's a lot of creativity and experimentation happening, and if you're into electronic music borrowing jazz elements, that makes it worth the listen. Check it out for yourself after the jump.
Recently, while drummer Mark Guiliana and bassist Chris Morrissey were touring on Guiliana's new album with his jazz quartet, Family First, the pair stopped by the BBC3 studios to perform a session with saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings. Hutchings had never played with the pair before, which made for an interesting musical conversation that got pretty heavy as the three got more and more acquainted. The audio broadcast airs on Jazz on 3 this week and is available at the BBC3 site for the next week. Check out the exclusive BBC3 Radio session after the jump.
It was announced this week that Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, will premiere as the closing film at the New York Film Festival. So I decided to dedicate this week’s Sounds For Sunday playlist to the man, the legend, that was Miles Davis. Check out a one hour set of tracks and remixes by Ski Beatz featuring Nesby Phips, Synthesthetics, DJ Krush, BorderLiners, Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Bruno Heinen, Donny McCaslin and Max Petersen, Marcus Miller featuring Sean Jones, and Jah-Dee below the jump.