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Covered: Recorded Live at Capitol Studios is an album by Robert Glasper and the Robert Glasper Trio released on June 16, 2015. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album but lost.[1] It features song covers of artists like John Legend, Radiohead and Joni Mitchell with a few original tracks mixed in.[2]

Covered: Recorded Live at Capitol Studios
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 16, 2015 (2015-06-16)
RecordedDecember 2014
StudioCapitol Studios
GenreJazz
Length1:11:54
LabelBlue Note Records
Robert Glasper chronology
Black Radio 2
(2013)
Covered: Recorded Live at Capitol Studios
(2015)
Everything's Beautiful
(2016)

Contents

BackgroundEdit

For this album, Glasper reunited with the Robert Glasper Trio whom he released his first two albums with (Canvas and In My Element) and went back to the instrumentation of his earlier sounds.[3][4] Glasper used material from artists such as Radiohead, John Legend and Joni Mitchell and several different music genres to give a more straight forward sound than he put out with his other band.[3][5]

Three of the twelve tracks on the album were at least partially written by Glasper himself.[6]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Intro" - 2:12
  2. "I Don't Even Care" - 7:42
  3. "Reckoner" - 5:07
  4. "Barangrill" - 7:06
  5. "In Case You Forgot" - 13:01
  6. "So Beautiful" - 7:39
  7. "The Worst" - 5:21
  8. "Good Morning" - 4:51
  9. "Stella By Starlight" - 4:37
  10. "Levels" - 7:38
  11. "Got Over" - 2:07
  12. "I'm Dying of Thirst" - 4:33

ChartsEdit

Covered peaked at number #2 on the Billboard jazz charts on July 4, 2015.[7]

CreditsEdit

ReviewsEdit

Pitchfork gave the album a 6.7 noting the albums reflective, serene themes while also noting Glasper's move away from the unifying crossover sound of his recent past.[3]

John Fordham of The Guardian gave the album four out of five stars.[8]. Fordham noted that Glasper creates an 'inviting track list' by combining his 'eloquent jazz skills' with an all acoustic trio.[8]

Thom Jurek of All Music gave the album an 8 out of 10 noting that the album is a return of Glasper's acoustic trio ways but also adding how it "cedes none of the ground gained by the Black Radio albums".[9] Jurek also states how this album shows how Glasper refuses to be pigeon holed into any musical category.[9]

AwardsEdit

Covered was nominated for a Grammy Award at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Instrumental Album but the award instead went to John Scofield for his Past Present album.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Robert Glasper". Grammy's. Grammy's. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Umbria Jazz 15, Cassandra Wilson and Robert Gasper Trio tonight at the Arena". Umbria Journal. Umbria Journal. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Robert Glasper Trio:Covered Album review". Pitchfork. Pitchfork. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Review: 'Covered' Robert Glasper". NPR Radio. NPR Radio. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  5. ^ "'Covered: The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capitol Studios". Wall Street Journal. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Exclusive: Robert Glasper's Next Experiment Is a Return to Jazz". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Robert Glasper Chart History". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Robert Glasper Trio:Covered review". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Robert Glasper Covered: The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capitol Studios". All Music. All Music. Retrieved 19 October 2018.


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