This past summer, a friend of mine went off to the island of Mykonos for a few weeks of, well, let's just say it, some good ol' fun debauchery. The Mediterranean isle is kind of a gay paradise. I talked with another friend of mine at the time about the place, what he told me second-hand of the open culture there. I noted that it must be nice for these people to have a place of their own to be open and free, unencumbered, not have to worry about being seen as a categorical other. (To a limited degree, I think of it like my time at Morehouse College as a young black man who has to worry much less often about the white gaze, able to develop my authorial voice and broaden my personality.) I asked if there were a similar island like Mykonos for lesbians. My friend said there wouldn't be such a thing, that culturally, such openness isn't prone to them. I found such an idea completely ludicrous, to the point that it lingered in my head for days until I spoke with him again on the subject. It seemed crazy because the idea of empathy involves a rather simple concept-- everyone wants everything, even if it's an altered, personalized version of those things. If you want something elemental, someone else probably want some version of that elemental aspect of human existence, too. Of course lesbians would want an island. What subset of people who have been marginalized wouldn't want their own place? The rules of engagement there may be different, but to say a group of people wouldn't want their own place defies logic. Everyone wants everything, even if it's a different thing. Oddly enough, I can't help but think of this in reading Ethan Iverson's interview with Robert Glasper and Iverson's subsequent response to the backlash surrounding it.
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.