In My Element

March 20, 2007 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Original Release Date: March 13, 2007
  • Release Date: March 13, 2007
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2007 The Blue Note Label Group
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  • Total Length: 1:12:40
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  • ASIN: B000TENKCC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,393 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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From this I'll be checking out some of Mr. Glasper other CDs.
Derrick Johnson
The trio seems to move together with a rare suppleness and the percussion especially keeps the pace and feeling fresh.
R. Barron
It is perfect for any mood, and it just grows better, the more you listen to it.
Alexander Chow-Stuart

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Jan P. Dennis on March 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
There're three types of pianistic virtuosity, I'm thinking: the blow-you-out-of-the-water type, with such outrageous technique and flair as to drop jaws, such as John Wolf Brennan, Jean-Michel Pilc, or Vijay Iyer; the totally natural type, whose effortless mastery astounds not by sheer brilliance but by total command of all aspects of playing as well as startling imagination, such as Bill Evans or Brad Mehldau; and, thirdly, the hard-won type, where subtlety, nuance, and understatement dominate, and which in the end may be the most rewarding of all, which Kenny Baron, Mulgrew Miller, and, most significantly, Frank Kimbrough exemplify. Then there's the extremely rare player who combines all three, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, and, perhaps, Jason Moran immediately coming to mind. I think it's safe to add Robert Glasper to that last category, even though this is just his third session as leader.

He seems able to do anything he wants, be it a romantically drenched, haunting, Sehnsuct-filled outing, recalling, remarkably, both Esbjorn Svensson and Frank Kimbrough at once ("Maiden Voyage/Everything in Its Right Place"); a drop-dead gorgeous reading of Sam Rivers's great ballad, "Beatrice" (taken at an irreverent gallop during the entire middle section), evoking a Jacky Terrasson-meets-Jean-Michel-Pilc sensibility, or the gospel-drenched "Y'Outta Praise Him," so thick in Church that it makes Cyrus Chestnut's You Are My Sunshine seem downright secular.

His band follows his every step with absolute ease. Damion Reid on drums especially impresses. With Ari Hoenig, Jeff Ballard, Eric Harland, and Michael Sarin, he's bringing a new, more expressivistic, almost lead-instrument sensibility to the bandstand.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By James Lamperetta on March 19, 2007
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With the release of his second Blue Note date "In My Element," there are no signs whatsoever that pianist Robert Glasper is succumbing to the dreaded sophomore slump.
Following on the heels of his '05 release "Canvas," which featured guest spots by saxophonist Mark Turner and vocalist Bilal, the new disc spotlights the pianist exclusively in the company of his trio- bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damon Reid.
Glasper is an assured and articulate instrumentalist who continues to emphasize "tunes" over "technique." The title of the new disc could easily be construed to be his mantra as the pianist sounds entirely in his element as he once again richly mines the crossroad where jazz glances back while still charging ahead.
Obviously schooled in the tradition, the 27 year-old is very much a modernist, boldly shading his own fertile compositions with elements of gospel and even hip-hop. One unabashedly modern spin comes courtesy of numerous fade-ins and subsequent fade-outs which bookend interludes that are found at the end of tunes throughout the disc. This production technique is popular in hip-hop music, however here Glasper uses it as an extension of the improvisation process. "Most of them are little snippets we made up in the studio," he explains. "One or two of them are actually parts of songs that I borrowed from and used. I didn't really map out the album in advance- I recorded a bunch of interludes and then listened to see what would flow best. I figured the more organic the better."
Even more telling examples of this new post-modern-traditionalism are to be found in his interpretations of tunes by jazz legends. His bold reworking of Sam Rivers' "Beatrice" glides along propelled by Reid's brushes then his assured cymbal work.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By clevagirl1922 on April 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I am new to Robert Glasper's work having heard of him for the first time on NPR but I ran out and purchased both Canvas and In My Element and I must say I'm quite pleased. I grew up primarily on hip hop and r&b but really "discovered" jazz in graduate school. I really love how Glasper merges jazz and hip hop on In My Element. His piano playing is brillant and is aided by great playing on the bass and drums. My favorites are F.T.B., Of Dreams to Come and Maiden Voyage. Of course, being a hip hop head, I appreciated the JDillalude as well. I definitely think that Glasper can bring hip hop fans to jazz with this album moreso than he can with Canvas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Chow-Stuart on April 27, 2007
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I first heard Robert Glasper interviewed on NPR and a brief extract from the album. I knew immediately I had to buy it. I like jazz in the same way that I like pretty much all music: if it's good or great, I'll listen to it, whether it's country, trance, classical or hip hop.

Glasper's In My Element has been playing solidly on my PC and in my car ever since it arrived - for about the past month. It is perfect for any mood, and it just grows better, the more you listen to it. At first I especially loved his fusion of Radiohead's Everything In Its Right Place (always my favorite Radiohead track) with Herbie Hancock's Maiden Voyage, and would play it over and over. Now I'm hard pressed to choose a favorite. It's all incredible, and at times it approaches the sublime quality of John Coltrane or Keith Jarrett at their best.

I have had car valets and movie studio security guards (I live in LA) ask me what this music is, and say how cool it is. I cannot recommend it highly enough. The final two tracks are just incredible. This is why music is literally divine!
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