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Every so often a musician comes along who contributes to the music they play, even as a sideman, in a way that helps define a keep reading »

While Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band might not have won a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Blade did manage to snag Grammy nods for his keep reading »

Since 2005, Brooklyn-based collective Snarky Puppy has built their global legion of followers with a catalog of wildly imaginative, exploratory funk-scapes, conjured up largely by keep reading »

It wasn’t long ago when some of these artists were only known to some. When Gregory Porter frequented Harlem’s St. Nicks Pub, then to performing keep reading »

If you aren’t one of the 80,000+ people who have peeped the footage of Snarky Puppy and Lalah Hathaway performing “Something” at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke, Virginia yet, then you HAVE to stop what you’re doing and listen right now. Straight up this is insanity for your ears created by some of the best in the business right now. With the Snarky crew getting down and dirty with their groove and Lalah hitting two tones at once (WHAT?! See ~6:12), this video is the business.

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).

We sincerely hope everyone had a great holiday in the past couple of days filled with great times and wonderful people. To keep the merry spirits up, we’ve got a version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” produced and arranged by Marcus Miller for performance by Joshua Redman on saxophone, Lalah Hathaway on vocals and Poogie Bell on drums.

On harmonica, for a brief, yet memorable moment was Gregoire Maret. What I did not know was that you can really play the harmonica. We’re not talking about the technical element of the instrument (which he does brilliantly, I might add). We’re talking about what Little Richard did on the keys, what Chuck Berry did on the guitar. We’re talking about the difference between someone who was “singing” and someone who was “sangin,’” as they might say in the black church. With every other note, Maret dipped and swayed as his bended knees supported a man unbridled. To watch this seemingly mild-mannered individual take off his metaphorical cool was perhaps the most amusingly captivating moment of the night. It was showmanship at its finest and most unexpected.

Robert Glasper will be bringing together an all-star cast featuring the Robert Glasper Experiment (Derrick Hodge, Mark Colenburg and Casey Benjamin), Lalah Hathaway, Eric Roberson, Stokley (from Mint Condition), Questlove and others to produce a two-night tribute to the music of Stevie Wonder. The performances will include new arrangements of Stevie’s music and the premiere of new Harlem Stage commissioned compositions by Glasper, inspired by Stevie Wonder.

The audiophiles over at Funk It have dropped a gem in the version of a live recording from the iTunes Festival 2012 featuring the Robert Glasper Experiment joined by MF Doom for renditions of Doom classics “Figaro” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”