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One artist, two distinct but interwoven concepts: this is the captivating logic behind Double-Booked, pianist Robert Glasper’s third album for Blue Note, following up Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007). An artist who “unfailingly gets the feeling right” (New York Magazine), Glasper has made waves throughout the music world as leader of both the acoustic Robert Glasper ... Read more in Amazon's Robert Glasper Store

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  • Audio CD (27 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B0071XS4EI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Lift Off (Feat. Shafiq Husayn / Mic Check)Robert Glasper/Shafiq Husayn/Mic Check 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Afro Blue (Feat. Erykah Badu)Robert Glasper/Erykah Badu 5:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Cherish The Day (Feat. Lalah Hathaway)Robert Glasper/Lalah Hathaway 5:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Always Shine (Feat. Lupe Fiasco And Bilal)Robert Glasper/Lupe Fiasco/Bilal 5:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) [Feat. Ledisi]Robert Glasper/Ledisi 6:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Move Love (Feat. King)Robert Glasper/King 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Ah Yeah (Feat. Musiq Soulchild And Chrisette Michele)Robert Glasper/Musiq Soulchild/Chrisette Michele 5:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. The Consequences Of Jealousy (Feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)Robert Glasper/Meshell Ndegeocello 6:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Why Do We Try (Feat. Stokley)Robert Glasper/Stokley 6:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Black Radio (Feat. Yasiin Bey)Robert Glasper/yasiin bey 5:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Letter To Hermione (Feat. Bilal)Robert Glasper/Bilal 4:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Smells Like Teen SpiritRobert Glasper 7:24Album Only

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Black Radio, a future landmark album that boldly stakes out new musical territory and transcends any notion of genre, drawing from jazz, hip hop, R&B and rock, but refusing to be pinned down by any one tag. The first full-length album from the GRAMMY-nominated keyboardist’s electric Experiment band—saxist Casey Benjamin, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Chris Dave— Black Radio also features many collaborations from the spectrum of urban music, seamlessly incorporating appearances from a jaw-dropping line up of special guests including Erykah Badu, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra), KING, Ledisi, Chrisette Michele, Mos Def, Musiq Soulchild, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Stokley Williams (Mint Condition).

BBC Review

As legend has it, iconic trumpeter Miles Davis had grown tired of contemporary jazz rhythms by the late-60s. Instead, the raspy revolutionary was in search of a more visceral sound, something that transcended the constraints of traditional suit-and-tie bebop and drifted into more electronic musical genres. The results were remarkable: the groundbreaking 'In a Silent Way' and 'Bitches Brew' albums forever changed the course of jazz, making it acceptable for its musicians to live outside the artistic box.

Forty years later, pianist Robert Glasper lives within the same rarefied air, as a musician rooted in traditional jazz standards and brazen enough to push the limits of his sound, no matter how peculiar the outcome. "When people think of jazz musicians, they pigeonhole us as ‘just jazz musicians’," Glasper says on his new album, Black Radio. "Cats started playing for other musicians and tried to be this one thing."

Simply put: Black Radio isn’t just ‘one thing’. Rather, the Houston native’s latest continues on the same path as 2009’s Double Booked: it’s a dynamic recording of aerial soul compositions and unorthodox alternative rhythms, resulting in an effervescent glimpse into modern day jazz/rock fusion. But unlike Miles, whose uncompromised aesthetic delved heavily into expansive funk patterns, Glasper contends with contemporary RnB, building upon its stilted foundation with prominent backbeats and gentle keys, wrapping warped synths around more orthodox instrumentals. At times this music carries the same muffled grittiness as golden-age hip hop, even if the mood is oceanic and free wielding.

When he’s not setting his own course, Glasper gives exciting new life to the obscure and historically bizarre – Letter to Hermoine, featuring vocalist Bilal, remodels the David Bowie ballad with marching drums and rolling piano chords. The album’s epic closer, Smells Like Teen Spirit, is just as odd as the Nirvana original, except the incoherent lyrics are filtered through a Vocoder. While the song opens as a quiet ode to the Seattle grunge band, it eventually dissolves into a distorted cacophony of echoed moans, muddy percussion and cosmic squeaks. In other moments, Glasper slows the pace with a screeching halt, and the results are equally remarkable. Consequence of Jealousy, with its ambient wails and erratic crashes wafting throughout the melody, is given romantic life by Meshell Ndegeocello’s sultry sighs of devotion. "I’m not perfect," she sings, "but my aim is true."

Overall, Black Radio surpasses the excellence of Double Booked, which is a brilliant album in its own right. But while said previous recording was a segregated look into Glasper’s conventional and outlandish affinities, Black Radio blends those ideals into one coherent set. While Glasper isn’t quite an icon, he certainly studies the book of Miles.

--Marcus J. Moore

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on 2 Mar. 2012
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Robert Glasper has caused a stir with his impressive musicianship and with his spiky and vocal articulation of wishing to develop music that is free to move beyond the aesthetic values imposed by the (often self-appointed) guardians of a specific musical culture. As a Jazz musician Glasper is keenly aware of the cultural, historical and ethnically informed narratives that weave through the Jazz tradition, and is equally aware of a purist strain in Jazz practice and interpretation that seeks to preserve the artform against what are viewed as the 'the barbarian hordes'. Glasper has, however, recognised that there are multiple musical traditions operating which form a part of the same ethnic and culturally inspired experience, and is clearly comfortable in attempting to merge what some consider the 'high art' of Jazz (thereby ignoring key components informing the art form) with popular vernacular and folk inspired traditions, of which Hip Hop offers the most recent example.

This is not to suggest that 'Black Radio' should be seen as a pluralist all encompassing rejection of purist aesthetic celebration as the liner notes (written by Angelika Beener) speak of a tradition that has informed and constantly revitalised popular musical culture, whilst also being appropriated by elements existing within the same popular framework, both within and outside the ethnic and socio-culture that she references. According to Beener, 'Black Radio' offers an example to take forward, '...the solution is not to keep reaching behind us for authenticity...but (the past) cannot be the sole definer of legitimacy. Modernism is now...when minstrelsy fades, and monotony jades, there will still be Black Radio'.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jazzlicka on 28 Feb. 2012
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Strikes a fine balance between Soul , Jazz and Hip-Hop.
Excellent production and superb compositions.
I know its only February but I predict this to be the album of the year
Essential listening for modern fusion lovers. Sounds its best when listened to in its entirety.
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By Alice on 11 Jun. 2014
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My CD arrived weeks before its estimated time of arrival, which was a bonus. The CD itself lived up to all my expectations and then blew them out of the water. If your thinking of purchasing black radio, I couldn't recommend it more!
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This is a great album. I am always playing it. The variety of artists and the way in which it is put together is great. Fresh air in musical style. Got the other album. Like them both. When's the next album ???
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By Bea Joseph on 2 Jan. 2014
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Heard the album on youtube and just had to get a copy for myself. Really loved song for Hermione but all the songs spoke to me. If you like neo soul/jazz you should definitely add this to your collection.
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By Errol Malcolm on 27 July 2013
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What can i say about this album, that has not already been said, master piece, from the first track to the last, very well put together Amazing.
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From beginning to end you can sit comfortably and let the music consume you. You may fall asleep but it'd be due to it's relaxing aura. Lovely!
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This is a statement of intent that Jazz is here to stay, ever evolving and a melting pot of styles and Robert Glasper does it so so well.
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