Robert Glasper Gets Double-Booked On Third Album

coverthumbDouble-Booked (out August 25) is Robert Glasper‘s third album for Blue Note, following up Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007).

The 32-year-old Houston native, who “unfailingly gets the feeling right” (New York Magazine), has made waves throughout the music world as leader of both the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio and the electric, hip-hop-oriented Robert Glasper Experiment. Double-Booked, which is split into two sections, reflects both sides of the pianist’s mental states.

The Trio portion contains an astonishing treatment of Thelonious Monk’s “Think of One,” quoting Ahmad Jamal’s “Swahililand” (the chord progression that formed the basis of De La Soul’s 1996 hip-hop classic “Stakes Is High”).  On the hip hop half, “Butterfly” is originally from Thrust, Herbie Hancock’s 1974 landmark album, heightened by vocoder effects and a J Dilla beat called “F— the Police,” while the penultimate track “All Matter” is a striking, unclassifiable original by vocalist Bilal Oliver.

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Joy Jones Covers Nina Simone’s “Be My Husband”

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Honorary ladybug of the Bugz In The Attic crew, Joy Jones recently recorded an impressive take of Nina Simone’s “Be My Husband,” expanding on Simone’s sparse original. Though the track will not appear on Jones’ forthcoming Godchild album (out July 7 on Future Soul Records), it is true to her future jazz stylings and available for free.

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Nouvelle Vague Return With 3 And Play New York June 17th

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Nouvelle Vague, the French band that conquered the world with bossa nova covers of punk and new wave classics, return to New York this summer to play The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on June 17th. The band’s NYC show will be the one of the first in their tour across the USA and Europe.

Their third album 3 (US release date tba) features Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore, Ian McCulloch of Echo And The Bunnymen, Terry Hall of the Specials and Funboy Three Magazine’s “Parade” sung by Barry Adamson.  Aside from the reggae and bossa nova interpretations, the songs are also inspired by country music and bluegrass. For this is what Nouvelle Vague do best; they take the songs that you adore and make you fall in love with them all over again.

Show Starts At: 09:00 PM
Advance Price: $25.00

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Scotty Barnhart’s Solo Debut: Say It Plain

albumcoverFeatured trumpet soloist with The Count Basie Orchestra for 17 years, Scotty Barnhart records his debut album Say It Plain out May 19th.

On it, he has assembled an incredible lineup of musicians including Wynton Marsalis and Clark Terry to perform his arrangements of six originals and six standards. From a radically new arrangement of John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps,” complete with whistle and its danceable New Orleans groove, to a duet with Wynton Marsalis on Dizzy Gillespie’s Latin standard “Con Alma” and the rocking church feel of the title track complete with tambourine, the music contains a variety of styles from early jazz to straight ahead 4/4 swing, ballads, blues, medium Latin grooves, and up tempo burners that will satisfy any listener regardless of particular taste.

Barnhart “possesses one of the loveliest trumpet tones I’ve ever heard, can be playful, a deep thinker, virtuosic, adventurous, and a down home summoner of the sort of soul from which jazz comes,” says Stanley Crouch in the liner notes.  “This recording is well thought out and superbly executed.”

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El Michels Affair Interpolates Wu-Tang Classics On Enter The 37th Chamber

coverWith the release of their finally-completed album Enter the 37th Chamber, El Michels Affair steps out of the shadows of the retro-soul trend and establishes their status as one of the most exciting and versatile bands in modern recorded music.

In 2007, their two smash 7″ singles featuring instrumental reinterpretations of the Wu-Tang classic songs “C.R.E.A.M.” and “Bring Da Ruckus” prompted a contract with indie hip hop powerhouse Fat Beats Records to record an entire album of Wu-Tang Clan interpolations.

Led by saxophonist/organist Leon Michels and producer/engineer Jeff Silverman, El Michels Affair began as a loose collaboration of session musicians (including members of top-selling acts Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, the Budos Band, and Antibalas) that looked to blend some of the vibrant quality of soundtrack records with the recording aesthetic of early reggae, and the rawness of 60′s rock–they called it ‘Cinematic Soul.’

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