by Andrew Sacher


Jazz pianist/producer Robert Glasper released his fifth studio album, Black Radio, earlier this year on Blue Note Records. Recorded with his new band, Robert Glasper Experiment, it features an impressive array of guests, including Erykah Badu, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Lupe Fiasco, Bilal, Musiq Soulchild, Chrisette Michele, and more.

In addition to a number of originals, the album includes some heavily re-arranged covers including Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," David Bowie's "Letter to Hermoine," Sade's "Cherish the Day," and Afro-Cuban standard "Afro Blue." The album effortlessly brings together jazz, hip hop, soul and R&B, more so than most others that attempt similar feats. Check out some videos from the album and a live video of the Robert Glasper Experiment playing John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" below, along with a spotify stream of Black Radio.

As mentioned, Robert Glasper will be in NYC tonight (6/21) for an in-store at Apple Store West 14th Street. He'll return with the full Robert Glasper Experiment in tow along with some special guests for a free Summerstage show at Marcus Garvey Park on August 7, where Sidi Toure plays one day earlier (8/6).

UPDATE: Robert Glasper Experiment also play a "secret" show in Brooklyn on Friday (6/22) with Alan Hampton which, as a commenter points out, is at Littlefield. Tickets for that show are available.

A list of all dates, videos and album stream below...


Robert Glasper - "Black Radio" (feat. Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def)

Robert Glasper - "Ah Yeah" (feat. Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele)

Robert Glasper Experiment - "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Nirvana) Live

Robert Glasper Experiment - "A Love Supreme" (John Coltrane) Live

Robert Glasper -- 2012 Tour Dates
Jun 21 Apple Store West 14th St. New York, NY
Jun 25 TD Toronto Jazz Festival Toronto, Canada w/ Bilal *
Jun 28 Glasgow Jazz Festival Glasgow, United Kingdom *
Jun 30 Theatre Antique Vienne, France *
Jul 01 Birmingham Jazz Festival Birmingham, United Kingdom *
Jul 05 Worldwide Festival Sète, France *
Jul 06 North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands *
Jul 07 Essence Festival New Orleans, LA *
Aug 07 Marcus Garvey Park - Harlem New York, NY *
Aug 08 Chene Park Amphitheatre Detroit, MI *
Sep 09 La Cite de la musique Paris, France
* = Robert Glasper Experiment

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