Black Radio 2
Released On: Oct 29, 2013
Released By: Blue Note
On their 2012 breakout Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment reached beyond entrenched genre boundaries to create a singular vision that drew from all reaches of contemporary black music and beyond. It drew unanimous praise from critics across the board and earned Glasper the highest chart positions of his career when the album debuted at #10 on Billboard's Top Current Albums chart, also claiming the #1 spot on both the Billboard Jazz chart and the iTunes R&B chart. The album kept earning accolades all the way to the 2013 GRAMMY Awards where Black Radio was awarded Best R&B Album.
RGE ups the ante with the release of Black Radio 2, another genre-defying effort that takes the Black Radio blueprint and builds to even greater heights. The core remains the Experiment, as astoundingly versatile a band as has ever existed, featuring Robert Glasper on keyboards, Derrick Hodge on bass, Mark Colenburg on drums, and Casey Benjamin on vocoder and saxophone. Providing the vocals throughout is another jaw-dropping roll call of vocalists including Common, Patrick Stump, Brandy, Jill Scott, Dwele, Marsha Ambrosius, Anthony Hamilton, Faith Evans, Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Emeli Sandé, Lalah Hathaway, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
On Black Radio 2, the emphasis is on songwriting with 11 of the 12 tracks new originals, from the soaring lead track "I Stand Alone" featuring Common and vocalist Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy through Jill Scott's sensual ode to connection "Calls" to the reinvention fantasy "Somebody Else" featuring BRIT Award winner Emeli Sandé. The lone cover is the album closer, a spine-tingling version of Stevie Wonder's "Jesus Children of America" by vocalist Lalah Hathaway that also features a poignant spoken word tribute to the 20 young victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting by poet Malcolm-Jamal Warner. The album was produced by Glasper along with executive producers Nicole Hegeman and Eli Wolf.
US Tour Dates
Oct 29 - Best Buy Theatre w/ Common & Marsha A. - New York, NY | Tickets
Nov 01 - Meyerhoff Symphony Hall w/ Common & Marsha A - Baltimore, MD | Tickets
Nov 03 - The Birchmere - Alexandria, VA | Tickets
Nov 04 - World Cafe Live - Wilmington, DE | Tickets
Nov 06 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA | Tickets
Nov 07 - Civic Theatre - New Orleans, LA | Tickets
Nov 09 - H Town Arena w/ Common & Marsha Ambrosius - Houston, TX | Tickets
Nov 14 - El Rey w/ Special Guests - Los Angeles, CA | Tickets