Vicente Archer Joins The Robert Glasper Trio to Release 'Covered'

Robert Glasper brings on bassist Vicente Archer to record 'Covered' as part of his power trio

Robert Glasper returns to his acclaimed acoustic Trio on his new album Covered (The Robert Glasper Trio recorded live at Capitol Studios), which is available today on vinyl, CD, digital download and streaming services. Billboard has also premiered video of Glasper’s Trio covering Musiq Soulchild’s “So Beautiful” live at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. 

“A star for his R&B and hip-hop work, Robert Glasper here applies his elegant jazz skills with an all-acoustic trio to an inviting tracklist that was mostly written to be sung,” wrote The Guardian in a glowing 4-star review. “That’s Glasper’s broad-appeal secret – on Covered, seductive anthems by Radiohead, Musiq Soulchild or John Legend keep glimmering through eloquent improv from the pianist and his long-time jazz trio of bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid… a warm, musical and humane Glasper venture.”

Glasper will celebrate the album’s release with Trio shows in Los Angeles (El Rey Theatre, June 17), San Francisco (SFJAZZ, June 19-20), and New York City (Blue Note Jazz Club, June 24-27). Glasper will bring his GRAMMY-winning Experiment band to New Orleans for the Essence Festival on July 5 and he’ll embark upon an extensive European tour throughout July and August. See below for a full list of tour dates.

Glasper's 2009 album Double Booked, which featured both his Trio and Experiment band and earned Glasper his first GRAMMY nomination, has also been reissued on vinyl for the first time as one of the 100 essential Blue Note titles in the label’s on-going 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Series. Glasper has also received wide recognition for his prominent role on rapper Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed new album To Pimp A Butterfly.

Ten years after making his Blue Note debut—and following two GRAMMY-winning volumes of his critically and commercially successful R&B-oriented Black Radio albums—Robert Glasper has returned to his acclaimed acoustic jazz trio on Covered. Glasper, bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid—who form the original trio featured on Glasper’s first two Blue Note albums: Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007)—reconvened at the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California in December to record the album in front of an intimate live audience. The set list features songs by hip-hop and R&B stars like Kendrick Lamar, Jhené Aiko, John Legend, Musiq Soulchild, and Bilal alongside the jazz standard “Stella By Starlight.” Displaying his trademark eclecticism, Glasper also includes tunes by Radiohead and Joni Mitchell, along with a stirring collaboration with legendary singer/activist Harry Belafonte. The Glasper originals on the album include a re-working of “I Don’t Even Care,” a bonus track from Black Radio 2 that featured Macy Gray and Jean Grae.

June 17 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
June 19-20 – SFJAZZ – San Francisco, CA
June 23 – Jane Mallett Theatre – Toronto, ONT
June 24-27 – Blue Note Jazz Club – New York, NY
June 28 – Montreal Jazz Festival – Montreal, QB
July 5 – Essence Festival – New Orleans, LA
July 8-9 – Festival Int’l de Jazz de Canaria – Canary Islands, Spain
July 10 – Malaga Jazz Festival – Malaga, Spain
July 12 – Cracovia Jazz – Krakow, Poland
July 13 – Jazz Tibet Club – Olomouc, Czech Republic
July 16 – Umbria Jazz Fest – Perugia, Italy
July 18 – Gretchen Club – Berlin, Germany
July 19 – Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld – Cologne, Germany
July 20 – New Morning – Paris, France
July 21 – Granada Jazz Festival – Granada, Spain
July 25 – Langnau Jazz Nights – Langnau, Switzerland
July 26 – Locus Festival – Bari, Italy
July 28 – Tuscia Jazz – Rome, Italy
July 29 – Blue Note Jazz Club – Milan, Italy
July 31 – Nefertiti Jazz Club – Gothenberg, Sweden
August 1 – Faschings – Stockholm, Sweden
August 2 – Ystad Jazz Festival – Ystad, Sweden
August 4 – Mas Sorrer Jazz Bar – Girona, Spain
August 6 – North Sea Jazz Club – Amsterdam, Netherlands
August 7 – Chapiteau – Marciac, France
August 8 – Manchester Jazz Festival – Manchester, United Kingdom
August 9 – Brecon Market Hall – Brecon, United Kingdom
August 10 – Edinburgh International Fest – Edinburgh, United Kingdom
August 12-14 – Ronnie Scott’s – London, United Kingdom
August 15 – Chastain Park Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA 

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