Tony Williams was the original headbanger birthed out of the jazz idiom. Less interested in the Sly Stone, Jimmy Hendrix, and James Brown aesthetic that Miles Davis was heading into at the time (circa 1969), Williams left the Second Great Quintet to put together a group of his own more aligned with his British rock contemporaries of The Who and Cream for instance. Those were the influences that birthed the Tony Williams Lifetime. Rounding out Lifetime — or the “organ trio on steroids” as Lenny White describes it — were John McLaughlin on electric guitar and Larry Young on organ, both of whom were equally as innovative with their own instruments and compositions as Williams was with the drums (though this lineup would change numerous times over the years).
The historic Newport Jazz Festival announced some very exciting additional acts for what is sure to be another great year for the festival. Featuring Wayne Shorter’s 80th Birthday Celebration: Wayne Shorter Quartet with special guests Herbie Hancock ,Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, & Brian Blade; for starters makes this a must-attend event.
It has been a great year for Robert Glasper. His highly-anticipated album, Black Radio dropped in February and found an audience that was hungry for a sound that had a heavy dose of jazz, soul, and hip-hop. Recently I caught up with Robert and got to talk and laugh about what life has been like since ‘Black Radio’ has taken on a life of its own.
The Robert Glasper Experiment’s anticipated remix of Black Radio dropped earlier this week with a whole new set of gems to match the originals. With names like Questlove, Pete Rock, 9th Wonder, Solange Knowles, and Georgia Anne Muldrow among others attached to the project it was sure to pack some heat and surely it did.
Kenneth “Gizmo” Rodgers is releasing his highly anticipated debut album “Red Balloon” tomorrow and we’ve got the scoop on the recording process from the man who produced the record, the one and only Derrick Hodge. Read on below for the story on how they met and their process of working together.
The audiophiles over at Funk It have dropped a gem in the version of a live recording from the iTunes Festival 2012 featuring the Robert Glasper Experiment joined by MF Doom for renditions of Doom classics “Figaro” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
2012 has been a big year for both José James and the Robert Glasper Experiment. José is set to release his new album No Beginning, No End, while The Experiment continued touring for their release of Black Radio (and the release of Black Radio remixed). Both are set to take the stage at the 2012 iTunes Festival with José James at 7:45pm GMT (2:45pm ET) and The Experiment at 9:00pm GMT (4:00pm ET) this Sunday, September 23rd.. Performing with the Robert Glasper Experiment will be a slew of special guests including Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, Lionel Loueke, Doom, and Phonte, so be sure to tune into the festival (streamed from London).
Just as the dust has begun to settle from the Robert Glasper Experiment’s monumental release, Black Radio, the group has announced yet another game-changer with Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP where producers will be flipping some tracks from the album as well as some unreleased tunes. And when they say producers, this isn’t some standard line-up of producers. Confirmed to be attached to the project are ?uestlove, 9th Wonder, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Pete Rock, with contributions from rappers Black Milk and Phonte, The Roots, and vocalist Solange Knowles.
The Robert Glasper Experiment are playing a last-minute secret show in Brooklyn. It looks like bassist, songwriter, and overall amazing artist Alan Hampton will be opening for them. Cop your tickets now!
The First Daughter of Soul comes into the world of music honestly. Heir to the reputation left by her father, the legendary Donny Hathaway, Lalah accomplished the seemingly impossible; she found her own voice. Moreover, she began changing the industry with her artistry and has become one of the most sought after vocalists in this generation of music as evidenced by her guest spots on two of the year’s most exciting releases — The Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio and Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society. Read on as Lalah sits down with The Revivalist to discuss her early influences, education in music, and how she plans to change the world through song.
Jazz purists may be taken aback, but Glasper’s vision of melding the worlds of hip-hop, soul, and jazz is a thoughtful take on an idea that has been explored ad nauseum. Black Radio is Glasper’s vision of what the airwaves could sound like – a mixtape of sorts – that may not reignite a new movement to overtake popular radio as we know it today, but it’s a concept that should be applauded for a group of artists who believe in chops over charts.
Jazz in 2012 is at a major breaking point. An artistic insurrection against the restrictive nature of the genre’s traditions is a loudening crescendo. Brooklyn-by-way-of-Houston pianist Robert Glasper is a commander in this revolt, however, he’s embraced one of those very traditions, serving, ironically as the cornerstone of both jazz’s dissolution and ultimate preservation: the super group. Miles had his second quintet, Herbie had the Head Hunters, and Chick had Return to Forever. Tuesday, February 28, 2012, saw the official arrival of the next great super group, the Robert Glasper Experiment (RCDC). The attendees of their performance at New York’s Highline Ballroom that evening bore witness to the band’s live unveiling of Black Radio, their star-studded debut LP, released earlier that day.
Get excited for NPR’s First Listen of The Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio. We’ve been waiting for a couple months to share this exciting piece of musical history with audiences around the world. From a track-by track analysis done by Glasper himself to frequent news updates, nothing beats the day you get to listen to the album in its entirety. Take 1 hour, 6 minutes, and 7 seconds (three times through if you have enough time) of your holiday Monday to give the album an listen-through.
Check out some exclusive footage from the making of the Robert Glasper Experiment’s upcoming release Black Radio. As more and more footage emerges it has become evident this has the potential to be one of the most influential albums of recent memory. Watch as RCDC interacts with Yasiin Bey, Bilal, KING, Musiq Soulchild, and more with some clips of never-before-heard tracks from the album. Enjoy and pass along!
The countdown to the release of Black Radio has begun with tracks featuring the Robert Glasper Experiment in collaboration with KING, Erykah Badu, Musiq Soulchild, and Chrisette Michelle having been released thus far. The only reprieve to the fact that we have to wait until February for the full release is the constant stream of not only music, but artwork coming out of the creation process. Check out the latest gem, a lyric video to accompany “Ah Yeah” which features RCDC in collaboration with Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michelle. Peep the video and grab a copy of the Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio due out February 28th, 2012.
The Robert Glasper Experiment has announced that they will release their upcoming album entitled Black Radio on February 28, 2012. Thus far what we know about the album is that Glasper and his experimental-music mongers Casey Benjamin, Derrick Hodge, and Chris “Daddy” Dave will be joined by a slew of exciting guest performers including Erykah Badu, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Shafiq Husayn, KING, Ledisi, Chrisette Michele, Mos Def, Musiq Soulchild,Meshell Ndegeocello, and Stokley Williams. Forget what you thought you knew about the Experiment; this album is sure to bring the music to a new level.
The Robert Glasper Experiment will be in NYC for a one night only performance at Salon Millesime with Special Guests! Millesime is a small venue, making this a must-see event.