Everything's Beautiful

Everything's Beautiful

by Robert GlasperRobert Glasper


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Everything's Beautiful isn't quite a tribute or a remix project. It's not a collaboration between Miles Davis and Robert Glasper, as it is billed. On the surface, from a stylistic standpoint and in terms of personnel, it is closer to a sequel to Black Radio Recovered. Predominantly relaxed and rather ethereal, richly layered yet not quite psychedelic, and rhythmically hip-hop more than anything else, the two releases feature much of the same production and vocal lineup, including Glasper and partner Jewels, Georgia Anne Muldrow, 9th Wonder, and Bilal and Phonte. Likenesses to Black Radio Recovered notwithstanding, this should be taken on its on own terms. Issued the day after Davis would have turned 90, less than two months after the release of Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead -- for which Glasper co-produced the soundtrack and provided the score -- Everything's Beautiful was marketed as "reimagined interpretations." Sony's catalog division had sought Glasper for remixes, but the keyboardist countered with the concept of making new material out of Davis' multi-track Columbia recordings. He and his extended cast of associates were granted access to all of it, even studio chatter, amusingly laced through "Talking Shit," an intro sourced from sessions for three LPs. Glasper plays on five cuts, soloing only on the animated Muldrow collaboration "Milestones." Among the remaining six are essentially new recordings by Hiatus Kaiyote, King, and Ledisi with 1982-1985 Davis guitarist John Scofield, some of which don't involve Glasper on production, either. Bill Evans' piano from "Blue in Green," as heard on 9th Wonder and Phonte's "Violets," and Davis' trumpet from "Maiysha," are among the more familiar elements. The latter arrives during Erykah Badu's bossa nova vocalese version of the same-titled song, one of the album's most creative moments. At times, Davis' presence is inconspicuous. There's only one instance, where a typically raspy exclamation is repetitiously inserted hype-man (Sen Dog) style, where it's truly jarring. Considering the disparate source material and the quantity of vocalists, instrumentalists, and producers involved, it's remarkable how smoothly the album flows from one track to the next. Unsurprisingly, it's most appealing to fans of Glasper and those he involved. As the keyboardist states in the liner notes, "To me, the best way to show gratitude is to show how you've been inspired by someone: 'Hey man, I wrote this song because of you!' Not, 'Hey, I'm playing your tune.'"

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2016
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888751578128
catalogNumber: 515781
Rank: 161044

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Glasper   Primary Artist,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards
John Scofield   Guitar
Chris Robinson   Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals,fender rhodes
Erykah Badu   Percussion,Vocals
DJ Spinna   Percussion
Ledisi   Vocals
Derrick Hodge   Bass
Bilal Oliver   Vocals
Kyle Bolden   Guitar
Georgia Anne Muldrow   Vocals
Illa J   Vocals
Braylon Lacy   Bass
Daniel Leznoff   Guitar
Burniss Travis   Bass
Laura Mvula   Vocals
Nai Palm   Vocals

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Composer
Jim Lane   Direction
Joe Zawinul   Composer
James Benjamin   Engineer
Adam Block   Executive Producer
Hermeto Pascoal   Composer
Chris Robinson   Composer,Producer
Vince Wilburn   Executive Producer
Erykah Badu   Composer,Producer
Rashad Smith   Producer
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
DJ Spinna   Producer,drum programming
Vincent Williams   Composer
Ledisi   Composer
Robert Glasper   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Curtis Jews   Composer
Bilal Oliver   Composer
Steve Berkowitz   Producer
Georgia Anne Muldrow   Producer,Engineer
Anu~Sun   Engineer
Jewels   Producer
Illa J   Composer
Erin Davis   Executive Producer
Jimi Bowman   Engineer
Paris Strother   Composer,Producer
Amber Strother   Composer
Anita Bias   Composer
Hiatus Kaiyote   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Laura Mvula   Composer
Francine Turk   Cover Design

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