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R+R=NOW LIVE Dream Team Collective Featuring Robert Glasper,Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Terrace Martin, Derrick Hodge,Taylor McFerrin & Justin Tyson To Release Live Album on Feb. 5

In October 2018, Robert Glasper settled into the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City for a month-long residency several nights of which featured the new dream team collective R+R=NOW with Glasper on keys, Terrace Martin on synthesizer, vocoder, and alto saxophone, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah on trumpet, Derrick Hodge on bass, Taylor McFerrin on synthesizer, and Justin Tyson on drums. The band had recently released their debut album Collagically Speaking and the music had already taken on expansive new dimensions in concert as evidenced on R+R=NOW Live, a thrilling live recording that will be released February 5th on Blue Note Records featuring standout tracks from the studio album including “Change of Tone” and “Resting Warrior,” as well as a cover of Kendrick Lamar’s “How Much a Dollar Cost” (co-written by Martin), which is available to stream or download today.

The track listing for R+R=NOW Live is as follows:

  1. Respond (6:01)
  2. Been On My Mind (3:32)
  3. How Much A Dollar Cost (5:39)
  4. Change Of Tone (9:01)
  5. Perspectives/Postpartum (11:25)
  6. Needed You Still featuring Omari Hardwick (12:38)
  7. Resting Warrior (25:21)

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The origin of R+R=NOW came in 2017 when Glasper was asked to put together an all-star line-up for a show at SXSW. With his history—producing for everyone from Common to Herbie Hancock and exploding jazz boundaries with his Black Radio series—the Houston-born keyboardist could be choosy. Martin, of L.A., was best-known as a chief architect of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. NOLA native Adjuah turned heads with his socially charged 2017 Centennial trilogy, a comprehensive celebration of Africa’s sonic diaspora. Philly’s Hodge is a founding member of the Robert Glasper Experiment and has scored for Spike Lee and music-directed for Maxwell. McFerrin, born in Brooklyn, is Bobby McFerrin’s oldest son and rolls with Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder camp. Grand Rapids native Tyson plays with Esperanza Spalding and has become a regular in all Glasper’s formations due to his versatility. Their diverse wealth of experience melded with profound ease. “There was no rehearsal and no plan. Just a quick soundcheck,” says Glasper of the band’s Austin debut. And yet, “We were vibing, listening to each other, and coming up with stuff on the spot that was so dope.”

“R+R stands for ‘Reflect’ and ‘Respond’,” says Glasper, an idea that came to him via Nina Simone. Facing backlash for her politics, Simone was asked, more or less, why she didn’t just shut up and sing. Her answer: “an artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” Glasper adds: “When you reflect what’s going on in your time and respond to that, you can’t not be relevant. So ‘R’ plus ‘R’ equals ‘NOW’.”

“Everyone in this band is a six-foot-tall black guy who didn’t come from an affluent background,” says Adjuah. “In order for us all to make it into that room together, we’ve had to go through some hell, fight for some things, build up a lot of armor, and do a lot ourselves to forge our realities, to become who we are. We’re all very aware of that, so anytime we get together, it’s a celebration.”

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CREDITS:

Artist: R+R=NOW

Album: R+R=NOW Live

  1. Respond (Live) – 6:01
  2. Been On My Mind (Live) – 3:32
  3. How Much A Dollar Cost (Live) – 5:39
  4. Change Of Tone (Live) – 9:01
  5. Perspectives/Postpartum (Live) – 11:25
  6. Needed You Still Feat. Omari Hardwick (Live) – 12:38
  7. Resting Warrior (Live) – 25:21

Produced by Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin, Justin Tyson

  1. Respond (Live)

Written by Christian Scott, Derrick Hodge, Justin Tyson, Taylor McFerrin

Published by Stretch Music Publishing (SESAC), Son of Knowledge Music (BMI), Justin Tyson Publishing (ASCAP), Game 6 Music (BMI)

Robert Glasper: Keys

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Trumpet

Derrick Hodge: Bass

Taylor McFerrin: Synthesizer

Terrace Martin: Vocoder

Justin Tyson: Drums

  1. Been On My Mind (Live)

Written by Christian Scott, Derrick Hodge, Robert Glasper, Amber Navran, Taylor McFerrin, Jahi Lake, Dante Smith

Published by Stretch Music Publishing (SESAC), Son of Knowledge Music (BMI), I Am A Jazzy Guy (admin. by Concord Tunes) (SESAC) c/o Concord Music Publishing, Amber Jeanne Publishing (ASCAP), Game 6 Music (BMI), Jahi Sundance Lake (SESAC), Umbumnandi Chicken Music, LLC (BMI)

Robert Glasper: Keys

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Trumpet

Derrick Hodge: Bass

Taylor McFerrin: Synthesizer

Terrace Martin: Synthesizer, Vocals

Justin Tyson: Drums

  1. How Much A Dollar Cost (Live)

Written by Kendrick Lamar, Rose McKinney, James Fauntleroy, Josef Leimberg, Terrace Martin

Published by Top Dawg Music, Blessed Seeds of God (ASCAP), Hard Working Black Folks, Inc., WC Music Corp, Rosemac Music (ASCAP)

Robert Glasper: Keys

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Trumpet

Derrick Hodge: Bass

Taylor McFerrin: Synthesizer

Justin Tyson: Drums

Terrace Martin: Synthesizer, Vocals

  1. Change Of Tone (Live)

Written by Christian Scott, Derrick Hodge, Robert Glasper, Rose McKinney, Terrace Martin, Justin Tyson, Taylor McFerrin

Published by Stretch Music Publishing (SESAC), Son of Knowledge Music (BMI), I Am A Jazzy Guy (admin. by Concord Tunes) (SESAC) c/o Concord Music Publishing, Blessed Seeds of God (ASCAP), Rosemac Music (ASCAP), Justin Tyson Publishing (ASCAP), Game 6 Music (BMI)

Robert Glasper: Keys

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Trumpet

Derrick Hodge: Bass

Taylor McFerrin: Synthesizer

Justin Tyson: Drums

Terrace Martin: Synthesizer, Vocals

  1. Perspectives/Postpartum (Live)

Written by Taylor McFerrin, Christian Scott

Published by Game 6 Music (BMI), Stretch Music Publishing (SESAC)

Robert Glasper: Keys

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Trumpet

Derrick Hodge: Bass

Taylor McFerrin: Synthesizer

Justin Tyson: Drums

Terrace Martin: Synthesizer, Vocals

  1. Needed You Still Feat. Omari Hardwick (Live)

Written by Christian Scott, Derrick Hodge, Robert Glasper, Rose McKinney, Terrace Martin, Michael Neil, Omari Hardwick, Taylor McFerrin, Justin Tyson

Published by Stretch Music Publishing (SESAC), Son of Knowledge Music (BMI), I Am A Jazzy Guy (admin. by Concord Tunes) (SESAC) c/o Concord Music Publishing, Blessed Seeds of God (ASCAP), Rosemac Music (ASCAP), 701 Helmet Publishing (ASCAP), Brave Nova Music (BMI), Game 6 Music (BMI), Justin Tyson Publishing (ASCAP)

Robert Glasper: Keys

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Trumpet

Derrick Hodge: Bass

Taylor McFerrin: Synthesizer

Justin Tyson: Drums

Terrace Martin: Synthesizer, Vocals

Omari Hardwick: Spoken Word

  1. Resting Warrior (Live)

Written by Christian Scott, Derrick Hodge, Robert Glasper, Rose McKinney, Terrace Martin, Justin Tyson

Published by Stretch Music Publishing (SESAC), Son of Knowledge Music (BMI), I Am A Jazzy Guy (admin. by Concord Tunes) (SESAC) c/o Concord Music Publishing, Blessed Seeds of God (ASCAP), Rosemac Music (ASCAP), Justin Tyson Publishing (ASCAP)

Robert Glasper: Keys

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Trumpet

Derrick Hodge: Bass

Justin Tyson: Drums

Terrace Martin: Saxophone, Synthesizer

Produced by Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin, Justin Tyson

Recorded by Qmillion and Justin Rockafellow at Blue Note Club New York, NY

Mixed by Qmillion at Flying Dread Studios, Los Angeles, CA

Mastered by Ian Sefchick at Capitol Mastering, Hollywood, CA

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