THURSDAY TRACK PICK - R+R=NOW's "Change of Tone"

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We're choosing genre-bending collective R+R=NOW's new song "Change of Tone" from the band's new Blue Note release Collagically Speaking as our THURSDAY TRACK PICK this week.

R+R=NOW features Robert Glasper on keyboards, Terrace Martin on synthesizer and vocoder, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah on trumpet, Derrick Hodge on bass, Taylor McFerrin on synth and beatbox, and Justin Tyson on drums.

"Derrick Hodge created the idea for 'Change of Tone' and it's a direct musical representation of each of our personalities," keyboardist Robert Glasper tells us about the track.

“R+R stands for ‘Reflect’ and ‘Respond’,” says Glasper. The idea came to him via Nina Simone while he was coproducing Nina Revisited, a companion album to the 2015 film What Happened, Miss 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’.”

Catch the band on-tour throughout the summer and beyond at the following venues:

June 22 – BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn – Brooklyn, NY

June 28 – Leopolis Jazz Festival – Lviv, Ukraine

June 30 – JazzTM – Timisoara, Romania

July 1 – La Defense – Paris, France

July 4 – Vienne Jazz Festival – Vienne, France

July 5 – ICE Krakow Congress Center – Krakow, Poland

July 6 – Istanbul Jazz Festival – Istanbul, Turkey

July 7 – Locus Festival – Locorotondo, Italy

July 8 – Montreux Jazz Festival – Montreux, Switzerland

July 11 – Vicar Street – Dublin, Ireland

July 13 – North Sea Jazz Festival – Rotterdam, Netherlands

July 14 – Dour Festival – Dour, Belgium

July 15 – Citadel Festival – London, UK

July 16 – Shephed’s Bush Empire – London, UK

July 17 – Nice Jazz Festival – Nice, France

July 18 – Mode Jazz Festival – Molde, Norway

July 20 – Pori Jazz Festival – Pori, Finland

July 22 – Black Sea Jazz Festival – Batumi, Georgia

July 24 – Jazz Festival at Barts – Barcalona, Spain

July 26 – Heineken Jazzaldia – San Sebastian, Spain

August 3 – Newport Jazz Festival – Newport, RI

August 29-30 – Billboard live – Osaka, Japan

September 1 – Tokyo Jazz Festival – Tokyo, Japan

January 26-February 2, 2019 – Blue Note at Sea

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