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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Tour dates after the jump

Robert Glasper Experiment ‘Black Radio 2′ Tour Dates

 

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As the Robert Glasper Experiment gears up to release their highly anticipated Black Radio 2 on October 29, they’re setting out on a special string of US tour dates featuring Common and Marsha Ambrosius!

Tour Dates
10/18 – SFJAZZ – San Francisco, CA
10/26 – Masonic Temple – Detroit, MI*
10/29 – Best Buy Theater – New York, NY*
11/3 – Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
11/9 – H Town Arena – Houston, TX*
11/14 – Club Nokia – Los Angeles, CA*

*Show date w/ Common and Marsha Ambrosius

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New Release: Sandra St. Victor – ‘Oya’s Daughter’

 

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Having lent vocals to Prince, Chaka Khan, Common, Tina Turner, and The Family Stand, Sandra St. Victor has undoubtedly got a few notches on her belt.

Her newest album, Oya’s Daughter, was produced by the extraordinary Mark de Clive-Lowe and dropped today! Blending soul, jazz, and funk, the mood is undeniable and warms you right up. Watch her video for “Coming Around” and get a taste below!

Catch the talented lady in NYC at Joe’s Pub tonight (9/24) at 9.30PM. Ticket info.

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Rest In Peace, George Duke

 

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Legendary keyboardist George Duke has passed at the age of 67. Left behind are over 30 solo albums and credit for creating bridges between Brazilian music, funk, R&B, and jazz. His work crossed several decades and included collaborations with Miles Davis, Anita Baker, Frank Zappa, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, and George Clinton – some of the very best

His work carried over the generations and has been sampled by Daft Punk, Common, Kanye West, MF Doom, Madlib, Pete Rock, Ice Cube, and A Tribe Called Quest.

In July of this year, Duke released a new album called DreamWeaver in memory of his wife who passed just over a year ago.

Duke and his ongoing contributions to music will be sorely missed.

Below, watch Duke perform one of our favorite tracks, “Dukey Stick,” with Sheila E in studio. After the jump, find rare footage of a full live show at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Billy Cobham.

Montreux Jazz Festival performance after the jump

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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