Available this Spring
Norah Jones Little Broken Hearts
(Blue Note/EMI) T.B.A
“Norah Jones is set to release a new album this spring entitled Little Broken Hearts , a collaboration with the producer and musician Danger Mouse. The two first worked together when Danger Mouse called upon Jones to contribute vocals to his acclaimed 2011 album ROME, and their connection proved deep enough that they decided to collaborate on Jones’ fifth studio album. Little Broken Hearts, which features original songs co-written by Jones and Danger Mouse, is the fascinating next step in the artistic evolution of one of the most intriguing singers to have emerged in the past decade. Together they have married their highly personal styles to create an entirely new sound.”
Amos Lee As The Crow Flies
“As The Crow Flies, a six- song collection of previously unreleased material from the Mission Bell sessions will be released on February 14th.”
Robert Glasper Black Radio
“Robert Glasper Experiment has announced North American tour dates including a February 28 show at the Highline Ballroom in New York City in celebration of their highly-anticipated new album Black Radio, which will be released by Blue Note Records that same day. The Highline Ballroom show will feature special guests including Chrisette Michele, Lalah Hathaway and others. Tickets are currently on sale through the Highline Ballroom website. Glasper’s tour will also bring him to Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Washington DC, with more dates to be announced shortly. See below for a full list of upcoming tour dates. A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Black Radio can be viewed on Glasper’s YouTube Channel.”
Robert Glasper Experiment Black Radio
Blue Note Feb 28, 2012
Robert Glasper piano
Casey Benjamin vocoder/sax
Derrick Hodge bass
Chris Dave drums
1. Lift Off/Mic Check (featuring Shafiq Husayn)
2. Afro Blue (featuring Erykah Badu)
3. Cherish The Day (featuring Lalah Hathaway)
4. Always Shine (featuring Lupe Fiasco & Bilal)
5. Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) (featuring Ledisi)
6. Move Love (featuring KING)
7. Ah Yeah (featuring Musiq Soulchild & Chrisette Michele)
8. Consequence Of Jealousy (featuring Meshell Ndegeocello)
9. Why Do We Try (featuring Stokley Williams)
10. Black Radio (featuring Mos Def)
11. Letter to Hermoine (featuring Bilal)
12. Smells Like Teen Spirit
Robert Glasper has long kept one foot planted firmly in jazz and the other in hip hop. The Los Angeles Times once wrote that ‘it’s a short list of jazz pianists who have the wherewithal to drop a J Dilla reference into a Thelonious Monk cover, but not many jazz pianists are Robert Glasper,’ adding that ‘he’s equally comfortable in the worlds of hip-hop and jazz,’ and praising the organic way in which he ‘builds a bridge between his two musical touchstones.’
On February, 28, 2012, Robert Glasper Experiment will release Black Radio, a future landmark album that boldly stakes out new musical territory and transcends any notion of genre, drawing from jazz, hip hop, R&B and rock, but refusing to be pinned down by any one tag. The first full-length album from the GRAMMY-nominated keyboardist’s electric Experiment band—vocoderist/saxist Casey Benjamin, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Chris Dave—Black Radio also features many of Glasper’s famous friends from the spectrum of urban music, seamlessly incorporating appearances from a jaw-dropping roll call of special guests including Erykah Badu, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra), KING, Ledisi, Chrisette Michele, Mos Def, Musiq Soulchild, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Stokley Williams (Mint Condition). Throughout the Experiment wears its eclecticism on its sleeve, presenting new collaborative originals and surprising cover songs.
They transform the Afro-Cuban standard “Afro Blue” with Badu, Sade’s “Cherish The Day” with Hathaway, David Bowie’s “Letter to Hermione” with Bilal, and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with Benjamin’s vocoder vocal.”
“Many Blue Note albums are considered among the finest in all of jazz” (Wikipedia)
These are my sources for music and information. If you have any suggestions for me, I would appreciate seeing them in Comments.
New Amsterdam Records – “…a non-profit-model record label and artists’ service organization that supports the public’s engagement with new music by composers and performers whose work grows from the fertile ground between genres….”
Ambrose Akinmusire WHEN THE HEART EMERGES GLISTEN
“Co-produced by Akinmusire and his label mate and mentor Jason Moran, the album’s 12 songs (10 of which were composed by Akinmusire) feature the 28-year-old trumpeter’s young quintet (tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III, pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Justin Brown), a close-knit group of longtime friends and frequent collaborators that breathes a remarkable collective identity. The New York Times wrote that the quintet ‘seems destined for much wider recognition,” and described their unique sound as “limber, straight-ahead jazz with mystery and pop instincts that gets around most of the old, pervasive mainstream influences, both of trumpet playing and bandleading.’ “[But, and I may be incorrect, I do not believe that the NYT mentioned this album on this venerable label.]
At Amazon April 5, 2011, the CD $14.96, the ,mp3 album $9.49
Amos Lee in performance
Streaming from a visit to Soundcheck, “…Philadelphia-born singer-songwriter Amos Lee topped the Billboard 200 chart in January with his album Mission Bell. We hear some of the smoky soul and folk songs from the record when Lee joins us to perform live in our studio.”
When you visit the web page you can stream or download the program.
Robert Glasper Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard
Blue Note says, “Tune in to NPR Music’s live webcast of The Robert Glasper – Live at the Village Vanguard – TONIGHT AT 9PM ET!”
NPR says, “He works with top hip-hop and soul artists, but he’s also a supple, simmering pianist with no shortage of jazz cred. Glasper’s flexible band will be embraced at the New York jazz bastion in a live concert broadcast starting at 9 p.m. tonight.”
Check it out at either WBGO or NPR/music
From Blue Note,, “On January 11, 2011, Joe Lovano Us Five will release Bird Songs, an exploration of the Charlie Parker songbook and the Grammy-winning saxophonist’s 22nd album for EMI’s Blue Note Records (the release of which will mark his 20th year on the label). Lovano will launch the album with a week-long engagement at the Village Vanguard in New York City (January 11-16), and an NPR Live At The Village Vangaurd session that will be webcast on the NPR Music website and broadcast on WBGO at 9:00pm ET on January 12.”
See the full article from Blue Note here.
Out today from Blue Note Records,
Cassandra Wilson’s Silver Pony.
There is just too much to say about this artist, visit her web site the link is above. Or check out her Wikipedia article.
Hey, do both, she is worth it.
Jason Moran is an inventive composer and a wonderful musician. Jason has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a.k.a. Genius Award
Jason’s new album, Ten is out from Blue Note
Jason Moran piano
Tarus Mateen bass
Nasheet Waits drums
Available at Amazon, CD $13.99, .mp3 $9.49
THE BLUE NOTE 7 CELEBRATES 70 YEARS OF BLUE NOTE RECORDS
From Blue Note Records “Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records, an eight-song collection of classic Blue Note repertoire re-envisioned by The Blue Note 7, an all-star septet comprising pianist, musical director, and current Blue Note recording artist Bill Charlap with trumpeter Nicholas Payton, tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, alto saxophonist/flutist Steve Wilson, guitarist Peter Bernstein, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Lewis Nash. The album is produced by Charlap, Michael Cuscuna, and Eli Wolf.
The album at Amazon in CD $21.98, in .mp3 $9.49