New Release: Kris Bowers – ‘Heroes + Misfits’

 

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Today, young jazz pianist Kris Bowers drops his impressive debut album, Heroes + Misfits. Kris crafts his own progressive brand of jazz by blending a variety of styles, including R&B, electronic, and rock.

Also contributing to the album are Casey Benjamin (alto sax), Kenneth Whalum III (tenor sax), Adam Agati (guitar), Burniss Earl Travis II (bass), Jamire Williams (drum), along with guest vocalists Julia Easterlin, José James and Chris Turner.

Cozy up to the full album stream below and grab a free download of the “Forget-Er” single after the jump!

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New Release: Robert Glasper Experiment – ‘Black Radio 2′

 

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Today, Robert Glasper Experiment drops the much awaited Black Radio 2! The project follows up the 2013 Grammy Award winning Black Radio, named Best R&B Album.

Making up the Experiment and the core of the sonic vision are Robert Glasper on keyboards, Derrick Hodge on bass, Mark Colenburg on drums, and Casey Benjamin on vocoder and saxophone. And as expected, the guest vocalists are impressive: Common, Patrick Stump, Brandy, Jill Scott, Dwele, Marsha Ambrosius, Anthony Hamilton, Faith Evans, Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Luke James, Emeli Sandé, Lalah Hathaway, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Get a taste of the sounds with the video for “Calls” featuring Jill Scott below!

The tour kicks off today in NYC at Best Buy Theatre with special guests Common and Marsha Ambrosius! Find additional tour dates after the jump.

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New Release: Derrick Hodge – ‘Live Today’

 

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The venerable Derrick Hodge today releases his debut Live Today album. Through the lens of a composer, Hodge blends together his experiences playing for artists in an array of genres (jazz, R&B, hip-hop, gospel, and classical). A labor of love, he had a hand in each track, whether co-writing or writing himself.

The album also shows the massively amazing company he keeps, with appearances from Common, Robert Glasper, Casey Benjamin, Chris Dave, James Poyser, Marcus Strickland, and Keyon Harrold, amongst others. Watch the album trailer below to learn more and hear firsthand from Derrick what the project is all about for him.

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Video: Gizmo – “Love Song #3″ (Meshell Ndegeocello Cover)

 

We met bassist and singer Gizmo last year at HarlemStage when he was part of the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble shredding it up. To our surprise, we recently also found that homeboy is also a singer – and a pretty good one, at that. The 21-year old does a marvelous job above at covering Meshell Ndegeocello’s “Love Song #3.” Quite rad to see a dude singing her parts – it works well. Big kudos to Gizmo.

Gizmo also recently released his Derrick Hodge (Robert Glasper Experiment) produced debut album, Red Balloon, which features a gang of dope artists including Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment / Q-Tip), Jamire Williams, Anna Wise of Sonnymoon, amongst several others.

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Video: Robert Glasper Experiment ft. Ledisi on Jay Leno

 

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The Robert Glasper Experiment is continuing to hold it down with their Black Radio tour and fancy TV appearances, and we are definitely not mad at it! Recently, Rob and company were featured on Jay Leno featuring the dynamic Oakland bred vocalist Ledisi. Look at Casey Benjamin stuntin’ in those overalls, though!

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