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October 25, 2012
MUSIC Quite possibly the biggest story in jazz of 2012, Houston-born pianist Robert Glasper made a leap to a new level with "Black Radio," his first full length album featuring his band the Experiment. A quartet steeped in the sound of funk, hip-hop and futuristic soul, Glasper's Experiment featured a full compliment of special guests including Erykah Badu, Lalah Hathaway and Bilal. Thursday's appearance should be just as freewheeling with Brainfeeder pianist Austin Peralta also on the bill, and in case any fans questioned whether Glasper has left acoustic jazz behind, his trio set opening for bassist Ron Carter's quartet on Saturday will steady your nerves.
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February 27, 2014 | By Chris Barton
It's no secret that the music industry loves its anniversaries. From commemorating a certain Liverpool band's first appearance on U.S. television to the release of Eric Dolphy's squirrelly, spacious masterpiece "Out to Lunch," this year has already seen a few big ones. Near the top of that list has to be the 75th anniversary of storied jazz label Blue Note Records. In addition to a recent New York City concert featuring label stars Jason Moran and Robert Glasper , the label will also be celebrated with an exhibition opening March 25 at the Grammy Museum, "Blue Note Records: The Finest in Jazz," which will feature artwork, photographs and more music artifacts.
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November 14, 2013 | By Chris Barton
A selection of performances heading into the weekend: Ryan Cohan : Inspired by a trip to Africa, the Chicago-based pianist and bandleader released one of the more ambitious jazz records of the year in "The River. " Rising out of a lush, gospel-infused solo turn and meandering through a buoyant, album-length suite delivered by a nimble seven-piece band, Cohan explores the sounds of Rwanda and Zimbabwe as filtered through the Windy City's fertile jazz scene. Here Cohan performs with a quartet that includes drummer Joe La Barbera and saxophonist Bob Sheppard, but the explorations should remain every bit as inviting.
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November 18, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Katy Perry will hit the road next year in support of her album " Prism ," the pop star announced Monday. The news came in a wee-hours tweet from Perry, who wrote that she was "ecstatic" to reveal the initial dates of what she's calling the Prismatic World Tour. Set to launch May 7 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the trek is to wind its way through England and Scotland before ending up at London's O2 Arena for three shows May 27-30. Perry's support act for the British run will be Icona Pop, the Swedish duo responsible for the shouty stadium-rave hit " I Love It . " PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Icona Pop will be busy: Last week Miley Cyrus announced that she'd selected the group to open a string of upcoming North American arena shows (including a Feb. 22 stop at Staples Center)
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July 17, 2013 | By Chris Barton
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. The Angel City Jazz Festival announced the lineup for its sixth annual installment coming this fall, and once again its menu of concerts offers a broad sample from the vanguard of music in 2013. Scheduled to begin on Friday, Oct. 4, under the theme "Metamorphosis: Artists on the Cutting Edge of Change," the festival co-produced by the Jazz Bakery and Angel City Arts will span six concerts through Oct. 13 with headliners including Dave Holland, Greg Osby and Robert Glasper, whose R&B and hip-hop-leaning band the Experiment has become one of the biggest stories in jazz.
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August 26, 2012 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
The cavernous dance club in downtown L.A. is hopping, and the weekend is still a day away. The club is ordinarily a hotbed of thumping house music, but tonight, the headliner - Houston-born jazz pianist and bandleader Robert Glasper - is switching things up. Behind a bank of keyboards, Glasper leads his quartet through a restless swirl of searching piano melody, causing the crowd to sway under the hazy colored lights. As the song gathers into focus, one musician begins repeating an unmistakable, 40-year-old refrain, his voice shaded by electronics: "A love supreme….
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October 18, 2012
Singer-guitarist Lionel Loueke caught the ear of piano-experimentalist maven Robert Glasper, and his new album, "Heritage," shows that production ambition. It accents his nylon-string guitar with piano, drums and bass to stretch his lauded songwriterly skills. Vitello's, 4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City. 8 p.m. Sat. $20. vitellosjazz.com.
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April 17, 2012 | By Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
Wedged in between appearances at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival backing Odd Future's Frank Ocean, the Canadian piano trio BadBadNotGood comes to the Mint on Tuesday with a small storm of controversy in its wake after a rather mouthy turn in a Toronto magazine recently . Scoffing at, among other things, jazz education, tradition and Robert Glasper (who in the group's view doesn't go far enough in mixing hip-hop and...
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February 27, 2014 | By Chris Barton
It's no secret that the music industry loves its anniversaries. From commemorating a certain Liverpool band's first appearance on U.S. television to the release of Eric Dolphy's squirrelly, spacious masterpiece "Out to Lunch," this year has already seen a few big ones. Near the top of that list has to be the 75th anniversary of storied jazz label Blue Note Records. In addition to a recent New York City concert featuring label stars Jason Moran and Robert Glasper , the label will also be celebrated with an exhibition opening March 25 at the Grammy Museum, "Blue Note Records: The Finest in Jazz," which will feature artwork, photographs and more music artifacts.
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January 26, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
Is José James a jazz singer or a soul singer? Old school or new school? A guardian of tradition or a seeker of thrills? Yes, yes and yes. This 35-year-old vocalist, born in Minneapolis and now based in New York, has spent the last decade working to prove those dichotomies false. He's released a string of impressive, slyly audacious albums that mingle cool supper-club singing and fractured hip-hop beats and has performed with artists ranging from the veteran jazz pianist McCoy Tyner to the hipster electronic whiz Flying Lotus.
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November 16, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The young British dance duo Disclosure drew nearly universal acclaim this year with their exuberant debut album, "Settle. " But if there's one guy right now with more club-scene mojo than Guy and Howard Lawrence, it's Nile Rodgers, the influential Chic guitarist whose guest turn in Daft Punk's summer smash " Get Lucky " has introduced him to a fresh generation of groove-seekers. So it makes all kinds of sense that the Lawrence brothers would enlist Rodgers for a new single on their label Method Records.
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November 15, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Robert Glasper has plenty of people he can call on for guest appearances at his gigs. The jazz pianist's acclaimed 2012 album, “Black Radio,” contains cameos by Erykah Badu, Meshell Ndegeocello and Lupe Fiasco, among others, while a just-released sequel adds Snoop Dogg, Norah Jones and Jill Scott to the mix. Yet Thursday night at the El Rey, where Glasper played the final date of a brief tour in support of “Black Radio 2,” he brought to...
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November 14, 2013 | By Chris Barton
A selection of performances heading into the weekend: Ryan Cohan : Inspired by a trip to Africa, the Chicago-based pianist and bandleader released one of the more ambitious jazz records of the year in "The River. " Rising out of a lush, gospel-infused solo turn and meandering through a buoyant, album-length suite delivered by a nimble seven-piece band, Cohan explores the sounds of Rwanda and Zimbabwe as filtered through the Windy City's fertile jazz scene. Here Cohan performs with a quartet that includes drummer Joe La Barbera and saxophonist Bob Sheppard, but the explorations should remain every bit as inviting.
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September 25, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Citing "circumstances beyond our control," the Jazz Bakery announced that the Robert Glasper Experiment has canceled its upcoming appearance at the Angel City Jazz Festival, which is set to kick off Friday, Oct. 4. Glasper was scheduled to perform on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Zipper Hall at the Colburn School in downtown L.A. in a concert presented by the Bakery, which co-produces the festival with Angel City Arts. The festival has announced that the Terence Blanchard Quintet will perform in Glasper's place on the same date and at the same venue, with tickets set at $35 and $20 for students.
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August 7, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The title of Tye Tribbett's new album, "Greater Than," leaves two words implied at the beginning ("He is") and one at the end ("anything"). A choir director and bible-study leader living near Philadelphia, Tribbett is one of gospel music's ascendant young stars, and the title track here catalogs some of the ways in which the Lord improves upon his rivals: He performs miracles, for instance, and takes disease from the body. Yet "Greater Than" also goes some way toward describing Tribbett's creative approach on a record that vastly expands the sonic idea of modern gospel.
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August 6, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Last week, we brought you news that Robert Glasper, the wide-ranging jazz pianist, would release a new album by his band the Robert Glasper Experiment on Oct. 29. Now you can hear the album's lead single, "Calls," below. A luscious neo-soul cut with vocals by R&B singer Jill Scott, the track comes from Glasper's sequel to last year's "Black Radio," which won the Grammy Award for R&B album. In addition to Scott, "Black Radio 2" is to feature guest spots by singers and rappers including Anthony Hamilton, Snoop Dogg, Common and Faith Evans, as well as Patrick Stump of the emo-rock band Fall Out Boy. (That one should be interesting.)
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November 16, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The young British dance duo Disclosure drew nearly universal acclaim this year with their exuberant debut album, "Settle. " But if there's one guy right now with more club-scene mojo than Guy and Howard Lawrence, it's Nile Rodgers, the influential Chic guitarist whose guest turn in Daft Punk's summer smash " Get Lucky " has introduced him to a fresh generation of groove-seekers. So it makes all kinds of sense that the Lawrence brothers would enlist Rodgers for a new single on their label Method Records.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Katy Perry will hit the road next year in support of her album " Prism ," the pop star announced Monday. The news came in a wee-hours tweet from Perry, who wrote that she was "ecstatic" to reveal the initial dates of what she's calling the Prismatic World Tour. Set to launch May 7 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the trek is to wind its way through England and Scotland before ending up at London's O2 Arena for three shows May 27-30. Perry's support act for the British run will be Icona Pop, the Swedish duo responsible for the shouty stadium-rave hit " I Love It . " PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Icona Pop will be busy: Last week Miley Cyrus announced that she'd selected the group to open a string of upcoming North American arena shows (including a Feb. 22 stop at Staples Center)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2013 | By Chris Barton
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. The Angel City Jazz Festival announced the lineup for its sixth annual installment coming this fall, and once again its menu of concerts offers a broad sample from the vanguard of music in 2013. Scheduled to begin on Friday, Oct. 4, under the theme "Metamorphosis: Artists on the Cutting Edge of Change," the festival co-produced by the Jazz Bakery and Angel City Arts will span six concerts through Oct. 13 with headliners including Dave Holland, Greg Osby and Robert Glasper, whose R&B and hip-hop-leaning band the Experiment has become one of the biggest stories in jazz.
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February 10, 2013 | By Gerrick Kennedy
When pianist Robert Glasper scored two nominations for his critically lauded “Black Radio,” it was in R&B, not jazz -- a surprise given his pedigree. Backstage at the 55 th Grammy Awards on Sunday, the Houston-born pianist was quizzed about what he felt bridged the gap between the genres. “We're all jazz musicians together and at the same time we all embody all of black music. We embody R&B, hip-hop, jazz, rock, funk, gospel music and we all come up in that,” Glasper said.
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