Renowned jazz musician Robert Glasper is set to release his tribute to Miles Davis, titled Everything’s Beautiful, on May 27th. In anticipation, Glasper has shared one exciting cut from the new album; a track entitled “I’m Leaving You.”“I’m Leaving You” features work from John Scofield and Ledisi, and was entirely inspired by a recording of Davis saying a three-word phrase, “wait a minute.” The whole album blends Davis’s extensive body of work, including outtakes and master recordings, to put together something new and beautiful. Glasper explains his thought process behind “I’m Leaving You” in the premiere article featured in Essence.“I found a clip of Miles saying “wait a minute”—just that simple phrase—and it had so much of his classic swag in it, and it had such a rhythm, I decided to build that whole track around that and that’s how it started,” said Glasper. “After that it was a real group thing: (Ledisi) wrote the lyric, my man Black Milk took a Lenny White drum pattern and chopped it up for the beat, and that’s John Scofield—who is our direct link to Miles for this project, having been in his ’80s band. That brought it full circle. I love the R&B uplift this track gives the whole project!”Listen to “I’m Leaving You” below:Glasper commented on the whole album as well, saying “I like that this whole record has a smoky, late-night vibe that is consistent through almost all the tracks but that really just happened naturally. No one told anyone what tempo or mood to go for, so the track with Ledisi really stands out. You know she’s a super jazz geek anyway, and can sing the heads of almost any bop tune you want to name. I’ve seen her do it!”The full album features contributions from Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Hiatus Kaiyote, Bilal, Illa J and so many more, in celebration of what would have been Davis’s 90th birthday. You can read about it here.
Exciting time for The Disco Biscuits fans, as the band has announced the re-release of their debut album Encephalous Crime. The 1996 release sees the Biscuits experimenting in the realms of jamtronica, honing their songwriting craft in the process. With jams like “Mr. Don,” “Stone,” “Devils Waltz” and “Rainbow Song,” the band’s debut album would set them up for a great career trajectory to follow.The album has been out of print for some time; that is, until now. The Biscuits have re-mastered the audio from this debut album, specifically for a vinyl release! You can not only pre-order the debut album on vinyl, but they’ll also receive digital download copy of Encephalous as well! The vinyl will be released soon, so get your copy while its fresh off the presses.Keyboardist Aron Magner shared the news, saying, “I have fond memories of making this album and our first experience in a real studio when we were just kids in college. So, here it is … and on remastered specially for vinyl!” You can check more information about the release in the image below, or head here.