Robert Glasper – Ah Yeah feat. Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele

I will begin this post by saying that I was introduced to Robert Glasper when I took a trip to NY in 2012. I saw him perform live, and he is quite a talent to say the least. Yet, I must say that I am still even more amazed at how good his music is when this song was brought to my attention by a friend and fellow contributor at 3GW….none other than Political K.

To me, the following song epitomizes what soulful music is all about! If you take 3.5 minutes to just sit back, stop whatever you’re doing, and listen to it, I’m sure it will take you to a place of peace where a nice groove accompanies you to your final destination of jazz, R&B, and neo-soul. It features the vocals of Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele and the collaboration makes for something that will definitely be a love song for the ages. It comes off Mr. Glasper’s Grammy award-winning album entitled Black Radio, and when you finally hear it you wont hesitate to become a fan of his music much like myself and a few others around here at 3GW. Enjoy!

Supreme Soul

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Robert Glasper – Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box (cover)

I was introduced to this recently dubbed Grammy award winner by a friend of mine and our own Political K at some point in recent years. I wasn’t familiar with his music nor was I even interested in knowing of his talent  regardless of their urging me to listen. Yet, when I finally heeded those instructions to give him a true chance to grace my eardrums with his melodies I was truly blown away. Needless to say Robert Glasper has unparalleled talent, but if you are a fan of jazz then you can easily tell he brings something different to the genre altogether. I mention this based off songs he has written and performed as well as songs he covers from within the jazz genre and outside of it. One that still amazes me is his cover of Nirvana‘s Smells Like Teen Spirit. If you’re a fan of the original and don’t want to see it changed this may not be for you. However, if you don’t mind a new take on classic music then it may open your eyes and ears to a brand new feeling and emotion of the song and its uniqueness.

robert_glasper_experiment_jkI felt the exact same way when I came across this cover of Pact Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box by Radiohead. The song is great unaltered in its original form. But still Glasper finds a way to expand on this and takes the song to a different feeling with his jazz stylings. With flawless and complimentary beatboxing from Taylor McFerrin (son of the great Grammy winning Bobby McFerrin) and a smooth carrying baseline from Derrick Hodge, Robert stays true the song while adding intricacies to it that make it stand out as a formidable jazz rendition. I believe jazz covers of songs that are nowhere near the original genre are often complicated and sometimes unattainable in regards to the overall presentation. Yet, I think Glasper has a talent to make these seemingly polar opposite styles come across to the listener as relatives that may be just one generation removed. In the end, you’re left with something that makes you want to explore his body of work more and perhaps even step outside of the box that you have felt comfortable residing in for all this time. Maybe then you will be like Political K, passing on references of musical artists that are ahead of their time to the unknowing who happen to think of themselves as music enthusiasts. Just goes to show that when it comes to the galaxies of music a friendly reference should never fall on deaf ears.

– Supreme Soul 

John Coltrane – Giant Steps

john-coltrane-giant-steps-album-art-468x468To celebrate the latest acquisition to my vinyl collection, John Coltrane’s Giant Steps released in 1960, I decided to post a few videos I’ve been meaning to put up for a long time. As many of our readers know by now, we are true fans of Coltrane’s music. This album features 2 of what I consider to be Coltrane’s most iconic songs, Naima and my personal favorite Giant Steps.  This indeed may be my all time favorite of all his songs so when these videos were brought to my attention, I was instantly hooked and in awe.

Each video features music from Mr. Coltrane’s single Giant Steps, but both give their own unique rendition of how this is visualized. Many people who listen to music, especially jazz, often have vivid imagery that becomes synonymous with each note, each lyric, and each melody. These are just two examples of what they can become if you have an epic imagination and are technologically savvy.

The 1st video features animation using the sheet music of Giant Steps. I’m not sure who’s the creator of it, but the caption to the video simply reads, “This is what John Coltrane’s landmark tune and solo look like when they come to life on paper.” If you’re a fan of this piece or a trained musician (like I used to be) then you may know that the song title comes from the relatively giant leaps between the roots of consecutive chords. If this is a hard concept to grasp then watch the video and it may be a bit easier to understand once you actually see it in motion.

The 2nd video comes from Michal Levy and is featured on the website here. It is a graphical & architectural masterpiece of which Levy wrote,

“It was the first time that music was based on symmetrical patterns, which stemmed from a mathematical division of the musical scale. I translated Coltrane’s mathematical approach to architecture. His musical theme defines a space and the musical improvisation is like someone drifting in that imaginary space.”

Below is the video from YouTube, but the original version from the website is a lot better. Either way, give it a look and prepare to be amazed.

Well I hope you enjoyed the music and the artistry of both videos, and as always I hope you learned something new. Thanks for stopping by 3GW.

Supreme Soul

John Coltrane – Too Young To Go Steady

I deJohn Coltrane Quartetcided to use an earlier post I wrote back in 2011 as the very first post of 3goodwords simply because the song featured within the post is timeless. I came across this song while studying, and I couldn’t help but notice that it was very appealing to the ear. Now I admit jazz isn’t for everybody, but I find this rendition of this song by one of my all time favorite musicians is a classic and should be shared with those who may be ignorant to its existence.

So with that I give to you the one and only Mr. John Coltrane and his ooooh so soothing rendition of Too Young To Go Steady….Enjoy!!!

Supreme Soul