Robert Glasper Musiq Soulchild So Beautiful Video
Robert Glasper Musiq Soulchild So Beautiful Video

Robert Glasper Performs Musiq Soulchild's "So Beautiful," Celebrates The Release Of His 'Covered' LP

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It's been a great day for Robert Glasper. Not only is the jazz piano genius marking the release of his excellent new Covered LP, a return-to-form record that sees him once again recording in an acoustic trio ensemble, but he's also preparing to set off on an extensive tour in support of the album. To top it all off, new video of Glasper performing a take on Musiq Soulchild's "So Beautiful" has just been released. Backed by bassist Vincente Archer and drummer Damion Reid, Glasper moved with grace through the tune's lush chord progression, playing off of his bandmates to create a brilliant take that, despite its soft timbres, packed riveting intensity. It's textbook Glasper--sly and smirking for all its concentration. The video was filmed live at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, and is quite clearly cut from the same session that yielded his stunning performance of Jhene Aiko's "The Worst," which debuted last month.

"I wanted to do songs by friends of mine, and it is one of my favorite songs of the last few years," Glasper told Billboard, who debuted the "So Beautiful" clip. "It is Musiq's best vocal performance so I was really feeling it. And the message of the song is really beautiful." Glasper, Reid and Archer will be taking Covered out on the road this summer on an extensive tour itinerary that includes stops on the West Coast, Canada and Europe. Read the full list of live dates below and head over to Revive to watch Glasper's amazing turn on "So Beautiful."

Robert Glasper Trio Tour Dates:

June 17 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

June 19-20 – SFJAZZ – San Francisco, CA

June 23 – Jane Mallett Theatre – Toronto, ONT

June 24-27 – Blue Note Jazz Club – New York, NY

June 28 – Montreal Jazz Festival – Montreal, QB

July 5 – Essence Festival – New Orleans, LA

July 8-9 – Festival Int’l de Jazz de Canaria – Canary Islands, Spain

July 10 – Malaga Jazz Festival – Malaga, Spain

July 12 – Cracovia Jazz – Krakow, Poland

July 13 – Jazz Tibet Club – Olomouc, Czech Republic

July 16 – Umbria Jazz Fest – Perugia, Italy

July 18 – Gretchen Club – Berlin, Germany

July 19 – Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld – Cologne, Germany

July 20 – New Morning – Paris, France

July 21 – Granada Jazz Festival – Granada, Spain

July 25 – Langnau Jazz Nights – Langnau, Switzerland

July 26 – Locus Festival – Bari, Italy

July 28 – Tuscia Jazz – Rome, Italy

July 29 – Blue Note Jazz Club – Milan, Italy

July 31 – Nefertiti Jazz Club – Gothenberg, Sweden

August 1 – Faschings – Stockholm, Sweden

August 2 – Ystad Jazz Festival – Ystad, Sweden

August 4 – Mas Sorrer Jazz Bar – Girona, Spain

August 6 – North Sea Jazz Club – Amsterdam, Netherlands

August 7 – Chapiteau – Marciac, France

August 8 – Manchester Jazz Festival – Manchester, United Kingdom

August 9 – Brecon Market Hall – Brecon, United Kingdom

August 10 – Edinburgh International Fest – Edinburgh, United Kingdom

August 12-14 – Ronnie Scott’s – London, United Kingdom

August 15 – Chastain Park Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA