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5.0 out of 5 stars ROBERT GLASPER's MARVELOUS CONTEMPORARY MUSIC EXPERIMENT
Five POTENT Stars! Beautiful, swinging, smooth, vocal R&B music with a modal jazz underpinning. Robert Glasper is the award-winning pianist, composer, leader, and producer who is not just crossing over from jazz to other forms of contemporary music, he's pulling down walls by blending jazz, hip-hop, R&B, gospel, and beyond, creating a form of music probably more at home...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Beware
One or two good tracks but absolutely nowhere near the standard of Black Radio 1. Don't buy it expecting they've maintained standards. It's everything Glasper and crew said they hate about R&B, boring, plodding and bereft of all creativity. Pointless cameo after cameo of "stars" looking to buy into some of his credibilty. Seriously, this album could make you...
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5.0 out of 5 stars ROBERT GLASPER's MARVELOUS CONTEMPORARY MUSIC EXPERIMENT, 29 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Black Radio 2 (Audio CD)
Five POTENT Stars! Beautiful, swinging, smooth, vocal R&B music with a modal jazz underpinning. Robert Glasper is the award-winning pianist, composer, leader, and producer who is not just crossing over from jazz to other forms of contemporary music, he's pulling down walls by blending jazz, hip-hop, R&B, gospel, and beyond, creating a form of music probably more at home on 'quiet storm' radio stations than jazz stations (for the time being). On his groundbreaking, Grammy-winning Black Radio, he raised the stakes of the preceding Double Booked, which had 6 tracks played by his jazz trio and 6 tracks of hip-hop played by his Black Radio Experiment group, to a complete recording of this transformative new music. He continues this trend with a complete recording of R&B-influenced performances on Black Radio 2. In his DownBeat magazine cover story on this new music, he thought about bringing in lesser known artists for the second Black Radio recording. Instead he has brought in some of the 'cream of the crop' of urban contemporary music, who are very much at ease in Glasper's musical world and vice versa: Macy Grey, Common, Jill Scott, Faith Evans, Marsha Ambrosius, Brandy, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, and Norah Jones, among many others.

The entire 16 track recording is uniformly excellent with songs flowing from one song to the next, creating a beautiful mellow laid-back sonic effect. My favorites begin with the uplifting performance of "You're My Everything" featuring Bilal and Jazmine Sullivan and the gospel-flavored piano enhancing a declarative rap by Common on "I Stand Alone". "Big Girl Body' featuring Eric Roberson has a beautiful background musical theme but with some chilling predictive environmental words. Then there is the heartfelt uptempo "Let It Ride" with a multi-tracked Norah Jones; the sole 'cover' of this recording is an updated auto-tuned vocal version of Bill Withers' "Lovely Day"; Macy Gray and Jean Grae join forces on "I Don't Even Care"; Snopp Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, and Luke James are wonderful on the positive rap "Persevere"; there is a towering performance of "Yet To Find" by Anthony Hamilton; "Jesus Children" features Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm Jamal Warner's inspiring words, and finally there is the 'flo-etry' of Marsha Ambrosius on a mesmerizing "Trust". In all, this is another major step by Robert Glasper, his Experiment band, and musical guests in adding to his potent personal take on the urban contemporary music experience on this more R&B-flavored performance and it is a complete, very enjoyable success. Highly Recommended! Five COMPELLING Stars! (16 tracks; 77 minutes: 51secs)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Gasper Black Radio 2, 31 Oct. 2013
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This is a MUST purchase for real soul music lovers, a beautifully tasteful compilation, with hints and tints of everything underground soul with a twist...words elude...I love it
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2.0 out of 5 stars Beware, 7 Mar. 2014
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One or two good tracks but absolutely nowhere near the standard of Black Radio 1. Don't buy it expecting they've maintained standards. It's everything Glasper and crew said they hate about R&B, boring, plodding and bereft of all creativity. Pointless cameo after cameo of "stars" looking to buy into some of his credibilty. Seriously, this album could make you cynical if you don't take heed of reviews like this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good, 2 Nov. 2013
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If you liked black radio then you love this. Very good album worth every penny. Go on treat yourself to some pleasure to your ears.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uninspired, 12 Dec. 2013
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Black radio 1 was an amazing album, so I expected at least a half decent project. Unfortunately this didn't meet my expectations. Apart from a few exceptions, this was just a regurgitation of the previous album, just less inspired and original. I found this album to be very RnB and less jazz.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neo Jazz at it's best!, 29 Oct. 2013
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There have been so many really good albums this year, especially in the last few months alone (John Legend, Gregory Porter, Raheem Devaughn all worth buying if you haven't already!) and this is definitely one of the them. From start to finish the vibe just flows. All the tracks are soothing to the ears,I haven't received my actual 'hard' copy yet and have been listening to my free MP3,so the stand out tracks for me at the moment are, 'Let it Ride' with Norah Jones and 'Something Else' with Emeli Sande. I have to play these two tracks twice when listening, they are sooo good!
This needs to be added to your collection without hesitation!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robert can really play, 26 Dec. 2014
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If you like jazz feel mixed up with contemporary and modern music, this album would fit you. Bunch of guests featuring on the album, great melodies, huge tune and awesome spirit. I've been into Robert Glasper for a while and I must say that everything he has made thus far was at least a notable release. There's no weak point of the album, I think. and I sort of like every single song, I am able to listen to Black Radio on repeat all day long and it doesn't get old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 July 2014
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the new Donald Byrd what a cd from the very top man
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't get enough!, 13 July 2014
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One of the best albums I have purchased this year!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heard the first one? well, you haven't heard anything yet, this is................., 18 April 2014
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i honestly thought they couldn't out the first album - Black Radio - robert's approach to chords just gives me the high and derrick well, what can i say about derrick...... buy his album as well!!! casey makes me blush, and mark is a beast!!!! i can listen to them all day, all night, all week. Whatever they touch.......... out of this world. i wish i could give like ten stars because they have re-defined what jazz should mean to our generation, rather than alienating the popular music and artistes of today, they have brought them together in such a way that makes you appreciate the original because you can see it in a much much, dare a i say it, imaginative and creative light. who ever thought Norah Jones could sing over drum and base, i went out to get all her other albums after i heard her voice in a way i had never heard before. well done guys and anyone who really believes in jazz, new and old, you gotta get one not just for you, but for your friends, "frenemies", enemies and obviously, haters.
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