As 2013 nears its end, we continue our tradition of yearly staff picks summing up our favorite music from the 12 months past. This year is very special as we've extended our list makers to include Giant Step fam outside of the staff itself; many thanks to Maiya Norton, Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote), Natasha Diggs, Rich Medina, and DJ Spinna for contributing their takes!
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.
After receiving much fanfare on their Black Radio album, the Robert Glasper Experiment is now poised to release what promises to be yet another remarkable project. Black Radio 2 drops on October 29 and we couldn't be more excited!
Download The Official Robert Glasper Experiment App from iTunes to get the latest scoop on the album, watch exclusive videos, and more. Also peep the track listing below, which boasts another stellar lineup of guests, including Common, Dwele, Anthony Hamilton, Faith Evans, Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Emeli Sandé, and Lalah Hathaway, amongst several others.
1. Baby Tonight (Black Radio Intro)
2. I Stand Alone ft. Common and Patrick Stump
3. What Are We Doing ft. Brandy
4. Calls featuring Jill Scott
5. No Worries ft. Dwele
6. Trust ft. Marsha Ambrosius
7. Yet To Find ft. Anthony Hamilton
8. You Own Me ft. Faith Evans
9. Let It Ride ft. Norah Jones
10. Persevere ft. Snoop Dogg and Lupe Fiasco
11. Somebody Else ft. Emeli Sandé
12. Jesus Children of America ft. Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm-Jamal Warner
The massively talented and Grammy-nominated Robert Glasper will be bringing together his also supremely skilled comrades for a couple unforgettable evenings on December 13 and December 14. As you may have guessed, Robert Glasper: Songs in the Key of Life, the performances will pay homage to the timeless catalog of Stevie Wonder, including "new arrangements of Wonder’s music and the premiere of new Harlem Stage commissioned compositions by Glasper, inspired by Stevie Wonder."
The events will take place at the Harlem Stage and will bring together the famed Robert Glasper Experiment along with Lalah Hathaway, Eric Roberson, Stokley (from Mint Condition), Questlove (Thursday only), and others.
On the December 14 night, a special pre-performance discussion will take place at 6:30PM with Robert Glasper, moderated by Andre Torres, Editor-in-Chief at Wax Poetics.