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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Footage From De La Soul At The Florida Room’s 1st Anniversary 1/23/09

Celebrating The Florida Room’s 1st Anniversary at Delano in Miami, Giant Step brought together the Grammy Award-winning De La Soul with Brendan O’Hara & The Big Bounce.

We have a few photos and a video from the night for your viewing pleasure. Watch as De La Soul throws down to an incredible crowd; it was quite a night.

Photos (c) Seth Browarnik/Red Eye Productions

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J Period + De La Soul Furnish New Q-Tip Collaboration

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Mixtape king J.Period linked up with hip hop legends De La Soul for a new remix, “Excursions 2009 (Tribute Mix),” which is featured on the unprecedented J Period mixtape of Q-Tip’s music, The [Abstract] Best, Vol. 1.

In response to how this historic reunion took shape, De La Soul’s Posdnuos told HipHopDX, “Q-Tip is my family and I’ve known J. Period for some years now, so coming to the call of being a part of this wasn’t a question.”
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Giant Step’s 1st Anniversary At The Florida Room With De La Soul

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On Friday, January 23, Giant Step celebrates its first anniversary at The Florida Room in Miami with legendary hip hop pioneers De La Soul and Brendan O’Hara & The Big Bounce.

The Grammy Award-winning hip hop group best known for their eclectic sampling, quirky, surreal lyrics on 3 Feet High and Rising will perform an exclusive live show.

Free with RSVP here

In 2008, Giant Step brought groundbreaking artists The Roots, Jazmine Sullivan, Nikka Costa, Anané, Janelle Monáe, Little Jackie, Louie Vega, Taylor McFerrin and more to the intimate space at Delano. Don’t miss our event series in 2009, which promises to continue showcasing new talent.

The Green Album and Stay True

Check out this album which features remixes of Al Green’s classics with artists such as Jay Z, Common, Fugees, Method Man, MF Doom, Busta Rhymes, The Pharcyde, Notorious B.I.G., De La Soul, AZ, Nas, Pharaohe Monch and Mos Def.

The Green Album is a free download! But if you love the album as much as I do, please donate to Stay True. Stay True is a Philadelphia based non-profit organization dedicated to offering under-privileged, at-risk youth the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to become powerful agents of social/political change in their communities.