Keyon Harrold Releases “The Mugician,” The Title Track From His Upcoming Album
The Grammy Award-winning trumpeter drops this scorcher with the intention of building up hype for his forthcoming effort, The Mugician.
First things first, let’s set the record straight: Keyon Harrold is a certified legend in the game. With awards stacked in the bookcase, a rolodex full of the biggest names on call and a highly-anticipated project — Keyon Harrold is offering one last treat before releasing it upon the masses. Premiering on Billboard, the talented trumpter shares “The Mugician,” the title track to his album of the same name.
In the exclusive chat with Billboard, Harrold discusses how his laptop was stolen and from that two songs were salvaged from the theft. Those were “Stay This Way,” which features Bilal and Big K.R.I.T. and “Wayfaring Traveler,” both you can hear in the links within this post. The rest of The Mugician was created from scratch.
Inspired by a conversation Keyon had with actor Don Cheadle, “The Mugician” refers to Keyon’s work from the film they were promoting at the time, Miles Ahead. Cheadle, believing that the music was magical, helped the jazz musician to toy around with some funky word combinations. Fusing “musician” with “magician,” Don introduced the idea at a panel discussion, ultimately becoming “The Mugician”. With that in mind, you should definitely press play on “The Mugician” here , and circle the date of Sept. 29 for when the album—which features Robert Glasper, Gary Clark, Jr. and more—drops courtesy of Legacy Recordings / Mass Appeal Records.
Pre-order The Mugician here.