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Double Booked

Robert GlasperAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 25, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B002GSO3M0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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8. Festival
9. For You
10. All Matter
11. Open Mind

Editorial Reviews

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

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

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic jazz piano voice for the future September 16, 2009
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The bridge between Monk and Dilla February 28, 2010
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing and Incredible Talent! Pleasing Many Ears September 29, 2009
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Since my introduction to the Canvas Album. Robert continues to advance his talents to new levels taking me to places that I had not dreamed of. You cannot call yourself a jazz advocate and miss out on this artist, for he will take you to places you have never been in the realm of Jazz MUSIC. Get "Double Booked" his latest and Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the Hunt November 15, 2013
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Just got turned onto The Robert Glasper Experiment on the "Black Radio" album. Now I'm hunting down the rest of his work. This group of brothers is for real.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album February 7, 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man
Robert Glasper has taken over by storm. He can WOW you with his trio or delight you with his full band. He is here to stay on the music front.
Published 7 months ago by MdWatchMan
5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional meets contemporary
Album is awesome! Great hybrid between traditional and contemporary jazz with the first half trio style and the second with the experiment!
Published 7 months ago by Marchelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice product. Does what it says it does and is what it says it is. I...
Nice product. Does what it says it does and is what it says it is. I would recommend this item.
Published 9 months ago by Charles M. Tompkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Free lil boosie
I didn't like this album at first, but it grew on me. Now I LOVE it. The man's a genius. I enjoy the trio more than the experiment, but don't get me wrong they're good as well. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Benjamin
4.0 out of 5 stars The real deal
Robert Glasper will be discussed in Jazz circles twenty years from now. Other musicians from the hip hop generation will learn to love jazz because of him.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars 59 south
Chris dave is sick on the kit.The information the band puttin out on they tools is crazy jazz is my favorite music caus the languge is crazy an it challenges you. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gregory Burris
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I got this!!!!!!!!
This is my 1st RG purchase. This album is what lead me to buy all his stuff! I play this all the time and never get sick of it. Love it!!!!!
Published 20 months ago by Michelle McPherson
4.0 out of 5 stars So soulful
I love the range of musical talent Robert has brought together on this recording. If you are into neo soul, real music by top talent, get this music.
Published on April 27, 2012 by Michael Q. Dozier
4.0 out of 5 stars Half and half
I'm a fan of Glasper's works but this one is a bit differnt than the other albums he's put out. My personal favorite being In My Element. Read more
Published on July 16, 2011 by Platinum Falcon
3.0 out of 5 stars Different from the rest
This is my fourth CD from Robert Glasper, and the most eclectic one he's made. The last few tracks have an electronica sound to them, which is not found on the other three CDs, as... Read more
Published on October 13, 2010 by Sharron L. McKee
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