WDHA Most Anticipated Albums of 2012, Pt. 1
Good morn’ or evening, friends! 2011 was a beautiful year for new music. WDHA was priveliged to witness stellar releases from many artists of varying styles and genres. We saw great work from veterans like Jill Scott, Booker T. Jones and The Roots, as well as incomparable releases from up-and-comers like Adele, Ben Williams and Saigon. Well, 2012 is already challenging 2011 for music supremacy. Before the clock even struck midnight on December 31st, WDHA got wind of no less than 14 projects that cannot be ignored. So many that they can’t all fit into one post. So, we will give you four projects with confirmed release dates to whet your whistle for now, and keep updating as the year progresses. Enjoy!
ARTIST: The Robert Glasper Experiment
ALBUM TITLE: Black Radio
LABEL: Blue Note
COLLABORATORS/GUESTS: Lalah Hathaway, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Chrisette Michele, etc.
PRODUCER: Robert Glasper
RELEASE DATE: February 28th
Houston native and pianist/producer Robert Glasper has been a force in 21st century music, as a musician, composer, arranger and producer, not only for himself but for artists like Maxwell, Gretchen Parlato, and Q-Tip. Over the past two years, he’s been touring with a ground breaking band that bares his names, featuring drummer Chris Dave, bassist Derrick Hodge and saxophonist Casey Benjamin. They were featured on Glasper’s live 2009 double LP Double Booked, but this is their first full length studio recording. It will test the boundaries of what people think jazz is.
The once funk, then blues, and now cinematic soul maestro is continuing his 2nd wind as a singer. Revitilized by the honchos atTruth and Soul Records/Productions, Faithful Man is the third LP of the 50 something is releasing with the Brooklyn-based label, following up the stellar 2009 album My World. THe conglomorate players on the album stem from members of the Dap Kings, El Michels Affair and the Budos Band, making for another full of soulful torch songs with infectious break beats and down home horn lines, perfectly complimenting his trademark growl.
ARTIST: Esperanza Spalding
ALBUM TITLE: Radio Music Society
LABEL: Heads Up!
COLLABORATORS/GUESTS: Terri Lyne Carrington, Gretchen Parlato, Joe Levano, Jack DeJohnette
PRODUCER(S): Spalding, Q-Tip
RELEASE DATE: March 20th
Call her a bass prodigy, a Grammy winner, or the new face of jazz; Esperanza Spalding is if nothing else a head turner. After three critically celebrated albums, the Grammy for Best New Artist of 2011 and some high profile on-stage appearances with music giants like Prince, Stevie Wonder and The Roots, the world is now holding its breath in anticipation for her next project. Radio Music Society had originally been planned as a couplet to 2010’s classical tinged Chamber Music Society, but Spalding decided to let each project stand on their own, with Radio as a funk/jazz hybrid that hasn’t been heard before. With Hip-Hop heavyweight Q-Tip behind the boards, this may just be the album that pushes jazz back to the forefront of mainstream music.
Brooklyn, by way of California, jazz newcomer Gregory Porter staked his claim to as an elite vocalist, thanks to his Grammy-nominated debut album Water, which included WDHA favorite “1960 What.” Well, Porter is wasting no time capitalizing on his new acclaim, releasing his sophomore CD less than a 18 months after Water. Be Good looks to pick up where Water left off; with Porter lending his powerful vocals to standards as well as penning thoughtful and memorable originals.