Robert Glasper to release ‘Black Radio 2' on Oct. 29

Robert Glasper
Robert Glasper will release “Black Radio 2,” the follow-up to a Grammy-winning 2012 disc, on Oct. 29.
(Blue Note Records)

Robert Glasper is tuning back into “Black Radio.”

Months after his 2012 disc by that title won the Grammy for best R&B album -- upsetting more conventional nominees such as Anthony Hamilton and R. Kelly -- the wide-ranging jazz pianist announced Thursday that he and his band, the Robert Glasper Experiment, will release a sequel on Oct. 29.

Like its predecessor (which featured guest spots by Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco and Meshell Ndegeocello, among others), “Black Radio 2" is to include collaborations with an expansive crew of artists from the worlds of hip-hop and R&B.

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Snoop Dogg, Brandy, Common and Faith Evans are all slated to appear, according to a statement from Glasper’s record label, Blue Note Records, as are two singers from other scenes: the folk-jazz superstar Norah Jones and Patrick Stump of the emo-rock band Fall Out Boy.

Eleven of the album’s 12 tracks are originals, the statement said; Lalah Hathaway and the former “Cosby Show” star Malcolm-Jamal Warner contribute vocals to a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Jesus Children of America.”

As on “Black Radio,” the Experiment’s lineup on “Black Radio 2" includes Casey Benjamin on vocoder and saxophone and Derrick Hodge on bass. (Hodge is to release his own Blue Note album, “Live Today,” next week.)

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But where the earlier album featured Chris Dave on drums, the new one will enlist the band’s touring drummer, Mark Colenburg.

Watch Glasper and Hodge perform Wonder’s “Golden Lady” below.


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