The Robert Glasper Experiment is back at it with the announcement of their newest LP ArtScience set to drop September 16th on Blue Note. But where do you go following two GRAMMY wins and numerous collaborations with the likes of Erykah Badu, Norah Jones and even Snoop Dogg? "You do you," says Glasper with a chuckle. "People need to hear what the Experiment sounds like, just us—know what our vibe is and can be." With this noble goal in mind ArtScience aims at collaboration above all. Each of the core members, keyboardist Robert Glasper, saxophonist Casey Benjamin, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Mark Colenburg, contributed not only vocals to the album but also lent a hand in the album's production and songwriting departments. Case in point, "Find You", the first single off ArtScience which was penned jointly by all four band members. Enjoy below the jump.
Corey King (Esperanza Spalding, Takuya Kuroda, ERIMAJ) is set to drop his highly anticipated Ropeadope debut Lashes September 9. The genre defying record stems from exposure to Germany’s dance culture while on tour with Spalding in 2013. The end goal? Make music that will make people move. To accomplish this feat, King recruited two live bands made up of contemporary luminaries Alan Hampton (bass), Matthew Stevens (guitar), Jamire Williams (drums), Justin Tyson (drums) and Vicente Archer (bass). The live music was then melded with sequences from King’s computer workstation. You can check out "Ibaraki" the first single off the LP below the jump.
Norah Jones has just dropped the first single off her upcoming sixth solo album, Day Breaks coming to Blue Note Records October 7th. Parallels are quickly being drawn between Day Breaks and the 9-time GRAMMY-winner’s breakout debut Come Away with Me as the vocalist returns to her roots and to her piano. "This new album feels full circle because I'm going back to my early influences," says Norah. "After the first record, I drifted away from the piano a little bit. I still played it, but was more inspired to write on guitar. I really loved playing piano on this record." The album features notable label mates Wayne Shorter on saxophone and Dr. Lonnie Smith on organ as well as powerhouse Brian Blade on drums. Check out the videoclip for "Carry On" below the jump as well as Jones' North American and European Fall tour dates.
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Dan Meinhardt’s Outset finds themselves in some unexpected territory on their eponymous release, as they reinvigorate the musical principles that made jazz great a hundred years ago without sounding dated or necrophilic. Swinging lusciously, grooving intently, and spinning melodies throughout, this quartet of young Chicago musicians creates a shockingly raw and vulnerable display of everything that makes this group what it is and none of what it isn’t.