For those who have not heard the name Robert Glasper, today is your lucky day. As a Jazz cat coming out of the hip-hop generation, he has an interesting angle on music. His style is a delicate mix of beautiful progressions, aggressive rhythms, and blistering solos. It is a perfect mix of raw and elegant- After you take a listen, you'll know what I mean. This new album is taking the jazz world by the horns and steering it in a new direction. Glasper is a true pioneer of music. Robert Glasper is back with his newest album Covered featuring his OG trio consisting of Vicente Archer on the bass and drummer Damion Reid. Glasper’s seventh Blue Note Records release is the first record since 2007’s In My Element where the Grammy award-winning pianist features an acoustic piano trio throughout the albums’s entirety. For the setting, Covered was recorded at Capitol Records’ famed Studio A in Hollywood, California where classic records by Frank Sinatra to Cannonball Adderley to the Beastie Boys have been slated. It’s also the room where Nat “King” Cole’s iconic Steinway “B” is held and where Cannonball Adderley’s Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! was cut. “There’s magic in that room,” Glasper reveals. “You can go on and on and on about the amazing people who recorded there, and the sound in that room is famous.” The result of the Covered sessions yielded 11 tracks that act as Glasper’s pastiche to the iPod shuffle generation. “I just picked stuff that’s in my iPod,” the pianist revealed to Billboard who premiered his video of “So Beautiful” today. Scroll down and watch the video for “So Beautiful,” the third single from Robert Glasper’s Covered LP. Head over to Billboard for more on the upcoming record as well as “So Beautiful.” The trio will be hitting NYC’s Blue Note Jazz Club on 6/24 through the 6/27; head to Blue Note Jazz Club’s website for the deets. Via revive-music.com
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