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Double Booked

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2009 album from the Jazz pianist and composer, his third for the esteemed Blue Note Records label.


Robert Glasper is a man of many talents. Certainly, he's both an inarguably accomplished jazz pianist and a first-rate composer. But what Glasper does best is pick drummers. With 2007's In My Element, he provided Damion Reid with a platform to record nothing less than the drum performance of the year. For this album, Glasper teams up with Chris Dave, and the results are astonishing. It's a concept album, sort of. The first half features the Trio (Glasper, Dave, and bassist Vicente Archer) on a handful of originals and a take on Thelonius Monk's "Think of One." Throughout, the piano and drums intertwine with a complex integrity that sounds deceptively effortless. Then comes the Experiment: Derrick Hodge replaces Archer with an electric bass; Casey Benjamin adds saxes and vocoder; Bilal and Mos Def drop in for vocal cameos. The Experiment's five tracks differ in texture and depth from the Trio's set, but the adventurousness of the performances and the gorgeous lyricism of Dave's drumming fuse the album's halves into a single musical statement that makes for the year's best jazz album so far. --Jason Kirk

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. No Worries
  2. Yes I'm Country (And That's OK)
  3. Downtime
  4. 59 South
  5. Think of One
  6. 4eva
  7. Butterfly
  8. Festival
  9. For You
  10. All Matter
  11. Open Mind

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 25, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B002GSO3M0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,612 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I recently purchased Robert Glasper's newest album Double Booked pretty much on a whim. I had never heard his music or really heard of him aside from his name mentioned here & there in Jazztimes magazine. Well let me tell you I was more than happy that I had picked this up, within an hour that same day I picked up Glaspers previous Blue Note cd In My Element and downloaded his live 2nd set from bonnaroo 2007. Each album was great. Anyway Double Booked is actually two facets of Glasper's music. The first half of the album is an acoustic piano jazz trio with Vicente Archer on acoustic bass & Chris Dave on drums and the second half is what Robert calls The Robert Glasper Experiment with ?uestlove from the Roots at the drums and as creative counterpart,this music is more electrified and features vocals by Bilal and rapper Mos Def. It features sax man Casey Benjamin who also works with Stefon Harris & Blackout. On electric bass Derrick Hodge steps in replacing Archer. The music is a hybrid of experimental hip hop & acoustic jazz that draws on studio production techniques to great effect. They do a original take on Herbie Hancock's Butterfly featuring vocoder vocals & a different arrangment than usual. I personally fell that the experiment is cool but still in the experimental phase trying to soildifie their sound and falls alittle short overall compositionally. I prefer the trio half of the disc. Glasper has had much more time in this area to prefect his methods & approach to the jazz piano trio. He's hard to put a label on soundwise its definitely jazz but with R&B and pop overtones that are subtle enough to invite the listener and make the music that much more accessible.Read more ›
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I heard this album playing at a local music store a week ago and I was intrigued. A couple days later I went back and picked up a copy. All I can say is "Wow!" This has definitely been one of my best music purchases in a while. Now, I must admit that I'm no jazz expert and only dabble in it occasionally. (I tune in to KCSM, a great jazz radio station in the San Francisco Bay area, from time to time. Yes, this is a plug, because they're a great station. Check out their live stream online if you like jazz.) I read some of the other reviews here before purchasing, so I was kind of curious to see how the second half of the album would hold up upon a closer listen. For my money, both halves are awesome and stand on their own. I haven't heard the rest of Robert Glasper's catalog, so I don't know how this compares with his other work, but I find the two different approaches part of what makes this album intriguing. The first half is solid jazz by a trio of talented musicians with Glasper's piano work striking the right balance between jazz improvization and catchy pop melodies. The second half is much more experimental, but I didn't find the transition from the first to the second half jarring. Big thumbs up overall for me.
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I really liked Robert Glasper's "J Dillalude" and "FTB", from his last release, In My Element. A modern jazz pianist who worships at the altars of Thelonious Monk and J Dilla with the same fervor, Glasper brought a new approach to the classic trio approach.

On "Double Booked", Glasper aims to further eradicate the line between Monk and Dilla (two bonafide geniuses). The album is split into two halves, hence the album's title. The first being by the Robert Glasper Trio (classic trio style jazz) which is introduced by a telephone message from famed trumpeter Terence Blanchard, the second being the Robert Glasper Experiment (an execution into fusion), introduced by a phone message left by Roots leader-drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson. Both sides are equally strong.

The highlights for me include the trio's rendition of Monk's "Think of One", which marries a segment of Ahmad Jamal's "Swahililand" (famously sampled by Dilla on De La Soul's classic "Stakes Is High"); the whimsy of "I'm Country (And That's OK)" and the blissfulness of the spacious closer "Open Mind".

However, I have to say that the title that really brings the house down is "All Matter". Bilal's quirkily emotive and pitch-perfect performance on this title is straight-up moving! (Especially when he goes off on the end! Whew!) I can actually say that along with his work with Sa-Ra, "All Matter" made me fan of Bilal's. (I wasn't really one beforehand, as his 2001 Interscope debut 1st Born Second, didn't move me for the most part). Glasper's multi-tier approach to the number, which sounded awkward on first listen, works really well with Bilal's vocal. "All Matter" more than earned its Grammy nomination! (It lost to India.Arie's cover of Sade's "Pearls".
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With Robert Glasper about to complete his first decade in international limelight,
the brilliant pianist and composer had surprised the jazz scene and the music world
in 2009 with this compelling album, which feature his trio on the first half of the disc
(or MP3 album) and his contemporary jazz band Robert Glasper Experiment on the
other half. Officially billed as a masterwork where The Acoustic Meets The Electric,
Double Booked showcases another side of the jazz maestro’s upbeat legacy where
plays a beautiful set of great piano jazz with his trio, as it consist of Vincente Archer
on bass and Chris Dave on drums (1-6), and the Robert Glasper Experiment (7-12)
where they perform separately in first class order. Featuring a stellar set of original
compositions and classic standards alike, the marvelous track set starts off with the
solid Intro-led opening track No Worries as it proceeds with other trio-led tracks like
Yes I’m Country (And That’s O.K.), 59 South and a slick take on Thelonious Monk’s
Think Of One, while the R&B-oriented Experiment tracks features 4-Eva, All Matter,
Open Mind and Herbie Hancock’s Butterfly. What gives Double Booked it’s striking
energy and bold power is the way it blend the stark elements of straight ahead jazz,
mainstream jazz, creative merit, hip-hop, funk and electronica, which made this one
a highly ambitious crossover success. Thanks to the flawless excellence and world
class valuable production, Double Booked also features special guest appearances
from vocalist Bilal, rap star Mos Def and Derrick Hodge on electric bass, whom they
contribute to the album’s style and panache. This highly acclaimed work in progress
is a winning landmark in crossover musicianship which will remain as challenging to
the heart and mind as does for mainstream and the contemporary alike.
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