This past month Dr. Lonnie released ‘In the Beginning’ which revisits twelve compositions from early in his career with a brand new octet of talented musicians. We sat down to discuss the new record as well as to take a look back at the legendary career of one of the most influential organists alive.
It didn’t take long for the Robert Glasper Experiment to return with the second round of what will hopefully become a series. Only 20 months keep reading »
As the release date for the Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio 2 grows near, Glasper and his team at Blue Note Records have been dropping some exciting pieces of the project for our listening pleasure. While “Calls” featuring Jill Scott was the first single to be released from the record due out on October 29th, we now have an official music video from director Ace Norton featuring both Glasper and Scott.
Emerging as the third single from the Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio 2 (Blue Note Records) due out on October 29th, “Let It Ride” features some heavy groove and swag at a breakneck speed featuring fellow Blue Note recording artist and songstress Norah Jones. Clocking in at a lengthy seven-minutes-and-six-seconds, the track even ends with a comedic cameo voicemail from Wayne Brady!
The release of Gregory Porter’s Liquid Spirit on Blue Note Records this month has put into motion the common whirlwind tour of late night TV shows and cities near around the world, but what remains uncommon is the ability of Porter and his band to change the vibe in any room and with every performance, including their date on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on 9/27/13.
This album is frequently left off of the top lists of Freddie Hubbard recordings. It wasn’t the first record and it wasn’t the last either (it was the 11th actually, but his first live album as a leader). The Night of the Cookers was recorded at Club La Marchal in Brooklyn (formerly on Nostrand & President) on April 9 & 10, 1965. When originally released, it was split into two discs by Blue Note Records with two songs on each side—though it was eventually brought together into a single package. While often overlooked, this album places two of the preeminent trumpet players of all time together for two nights in Brooklyn ripping up the stage as they trade lines back and forth in Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard.
Last week Derrick Hodge took the stage at the Cutting Room in NYC to bring his newly released Blue Note debut, Live Today, to life for an excited audience. Joined onstage by a core band of Christian Sands and Travis Sayles on keys, fellow Experiment member Mark Colenburg on drums, and Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet, Hodge went through a repertoire of songs featured on the album with the addition of one tribute to the late-Mulgrew Miller (featuring Sayles and Akinmusire channeling some extra intense energy) which was not on the album.
Just when it seems the close of a whirlwind tour and Grammy win would allow Glasper and crew to relax … nope. Big news comes keep reading »
The Robert Glasper Experiment has announced the follow-up to their Grammy-award winning record Black Radio with Black Radio 2 coming out October 29th on Blue Note Records. With a core line-up of Glasper on piano, Derrick Hodge (peep Live Today) on bass, Casey Benjamin on vocoder and saxophone, and Mark Colenburg on drums (for his Experiment debut on record).
On Tuesday, August 6th world-renowned bassist and composer Derrick Hodge will be celebrating his debut album on Blue Note Records ‘Live Today’ featuring Travis Sayles (keys) , Christian Sands (keys), Mark Colenburg (drums) and Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet) at The Cutting Room presented by Revive Music.