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Double Booked

August 25, 2009

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 21, 2009
  • Release Date: August 21, 2009
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 The Blue Note Label Group
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  • Total Length: 1:11:58
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  • ASIN: B002KBYM5G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,991 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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All I can say is "Wow!"
Frank Florian
The music is a hybrid of experimental hip hop & acoustic jazz that draws on studio production techniques to great effect.
Jonathan Guarriello
Get "Double Booked" his latest and Enjoy!
Chuck McCall

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Guarriello on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnson on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frank Florian on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chuck McCall on 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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