For your friend or older relative that keeps complaining that there is no more good music, here’s a list of four upcoming records from Takuya Kuroda, Corey King, Derrick Hodge, and the Robert Glasper Experiment that we think you should pre-order before they drop. Each album is as different as the artists whose vision is as unique as their own personal and musical experience. Yet as different as these four LPs can be, they all share the same forward-thinking and envelope-pushing creativity that proves those aforementioned friends and relatives wrong concerning their quips about good music no longer existing.
Takuya Kuroda – Zigzagger
A natural follow-up from Rising Son, trumpeter Takuya Kuroda’s Concord Records debut not only picks up right where he left off, but expands on it. Featuring long-time collaborators like trombonist Corey King (more on him later), Takeshi Ohbayashi on keyboards, Rashaan Carter on bass, and Adam Jackson on drums, Zigzagger blends together all the different facets that Kuroda fans have come to expect from the talented trumpeter. Kuroda’s forthcoming record (due for a September 10th release) also includes a few surprises including a fresh new take on Donald Byrd’s classic “Think Twice” alongside Brooklyn-based Afro-beat collective Antibalas.
Corey King – Lashes
Inspired by Berlin’s dance culture, Lashes showcases trombonist Corey King stretching out to sit behind keyboards and synths and flex his vocals muscles in this expansive record. Originally recorded late 2014 with guitarist Matthew Stevens, bassist Alan Hampton and drummer Jamire Williams, recording sessions for Lashes wrapped up late last year to include the talents of Vicente Archer on bass as well as Justin Tyson behind the kit. Slated to drop on September 9th via Ropeadope, Lashes is a well-produced and well-written record that includes dynamite performances from all that are involved.
Derrick Hodge – The Second
Following the huge success of Live Today, Derrick Hodge returned to the studio for his sophomore effort. Taking on the roles of producer, bassist, and songwriter Hodge manages to re-create his signature cinematic sound once again in his aptly titled second album. DHodge also took on the role of a multi-instrumentalist, rocking most of the instruments in The Second save a handful of tracks featuring RGX bandmate Mark Colenburg on drums. Keyon Harrold, Marcus Strickland, and Corey King also makes cameos on The Second as the three horns come together for the funky New-Orleans inspired song, “For Generations.” Slated to drop on August 26th, The Second serves to further solidify Hodge not just as a reliable anchorman on the low-end, but also as one of the music scene’s most unique voices.
Robert Glasper Experiment – Art Science
Glasper has had a busy two years. From scoring Miles Ahead, re-interpreting the Miles Davis catalog in Everything Is Beautiful to collaborating with Herbie Hancock, Common, and Mac Miller on their upcoming records, it’s dizzying to just keep up with Glasper’s current output. The Grammy-award winning pianist is about to add another accomplishment to his already impressive CV with the upcoming release of ArtScience on September 16th. Backed by the Experiment, ArtScience showcases 10-tracks where they do what they do best. What is it that they do best? Just about everything it seems. Don’t believe us — just wait until you hear Casey Benjamin, Derrick Hodge, Mark Colenburg, and Glasper himself hop behind the mic to lace vocals throughout the record.