To celebrate the indelible legacy of jazz icon Miles Davis, revered pianist/composer Robert Glasper has invited a star-studded crew of today’s most gifted contemporary soul artists to reimagine eleven of Davis’ compositions. Developed in conjunction with Davis’ 90th birthday and the upcoming April 1st theatrical release of the Don Cheadle directed/starring film biopic Miles Ahead, for which Glasper is the musical director, Everything’s Beautiful “blends a diverse group of master takes and outtakes from across Miles' incredible tenure with Columbia Records (1955-1985) with original reinterpretations of songs by Davis,” according to an official press statement.
Due in stores May 27th courtesy of Columbia/Legacy Records, the Glasper-orchestrated Everything’s Beautiful features Erykah Badu, Bilal, Hiatus Kaiyote, Illa J, KING, Ledisi, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Laura Mvula, and Phonte, with the legendary Stevie Wonder blessing the closing track, “Right On Brotha.” Last week, Zane Lowe, host of Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio and music tastemaker extraordinaire, premiered the world exclusive of the LP’s first single, the sublime Bilal collaboration “Ghetto Walkin.’”
“I wanted to do something where we can take some of Miles' ideas, shake them up, and try to show the influence of Miles and make new things,” Glasper explains in the official press release. “And that's the beauty of this whole album. The whole project is based on Miles, but it is based on Miles' vision, it's based on Miles' trumpet, it's based on Miles' voice, it's based on Miles' composition, it's based on Miles' influence, it's based on Miles' swag.”
Track Listing for Everything’s Beautiful:
01. “Talking Shit”
02. “Ghetto Walkin’” feat. Bilal
03. “They Can’t Hold Me Down” feat. Illa J
04. “Maiysha (So Long)” feat. Erykah Badu
05. “Violets” feat. Phonte
06. “Little Church” (Remix) feat. Hiatus Kaiyote
07. “Silence is the Way” feat. Laura Mvula
08. “Song for Selim” feat. KING
09. “Milestones” (Remix) feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow
10. “I’m Leaving You” feat. Ledisi & John Scofield
11. “Right On Brotha” feat. Stevie Wonder
Check out the insightful album preview video and stream the first single “Ghetto Walkin’” featuring Bilal below.