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Robert Glasper Experiment: Black Radio 2LP

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Robert Glasper Experiment is back with Black Radio 2, out October 29.

Glasper ups the ante with the release of Black Radio 2 (Blue Note), another genre-defying effort that takes the Black Radio blueprint and builds to even greater heights. The core remains the Experiment, as astoundingly versatile a band as has ever existed, featuring Robert Glasper on keyboards, Derrick Hodge on bass, ... Read more in Amazon's Robert Glasper Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B007X4XUTY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,621,970 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

According to producer/pianist Glasper, Black Radio is the much needed slap in the face jazz has needed for some time now. After putting this on here in the office, I'd say his attempt to revitalize jazz and inject some energy into the genre is quite successful, especially when you take into account the list of high profile guest artists he has on this piece! The featured artist list is like a who's-who of top neo soul and conscious hip hop artists including Erykah Badu, Bilal, Shafiq Husayn (of SA-RA), Lupe Fiasco, and Yalin Bey aka Mos Def. Add these voices over work of Glasper along with saxist/vocoderist Casey Benjamin, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Chris Dave and you have an undeniably fresh sonic landscape that may very well be a future classic. Features many outstanding originals, as well as surprising covers of Sade, David Bowie, and even a vocoder version of Nirvana's "Teen Spirit."

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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's good, and that's just it....Good! October 29, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Don't get me wrong. Robert Glasper is a very talented guy, and so is his band. But on THIS album? I don't know if it's just me, but listen to this thing from the beginning to the end non-stop...and it will feel as if you're starting to hear the same song at certain stages.

Robert didn't get very creative on this album in my opinion, gravitating to the same chord structure on too many songs. That's very notable going from the song with Faith to Norah...and a few before even. I started hearing the same chords repetitively and that becomes annoying with a guy of Robert's talent level...which leads me to believe this album was made mainly for the vocalists he assembled.

This does not take away from the talent he was able to gather to compile this album, which makes it listenable. Dwele, Erro, Lalah, Faith, and a few others really hit me nicely, but nothing I'd fall in love with like I did on Black Radio.

I really wanted to hear more from the band itself which really showcases their overall talent as a group. I case I feel for what he released could have been done by any good keyboard player and tight band. It's material I've heard from other people in other ways...kind of a recycled sound.

Other than that, for die-hard Robert Glasper fans who don't want to hear anything is wrong with this album, you won't find it. But as someone who plays music, I just expected him to take this to another level. He didn't. He stayed safe on this album, which is fine for most people...I guess.

I honestly see this album gaining traction on the live circuit so I look forward to the shows. I don't regret buying though, because Casey KILLED that Bill Withers tune!!!! The album still could have been better imo.

Rock on RG!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format: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 Gray, 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 mood. 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".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome piece of Musical Art!!! November 29, 2013
By Pat
Format:Audio CD
I am a 54 yr old woman and I was introduced to Robert Glasper's music listening to WCLK in Atlanta and I was truly mesmerized. I then introduced his music to my 24 yr old daughter and she was blown away. She knows Im definitely a jazz enthusiast so she then introduced me to his older CDs n WOW!!!! So we both became huge fans of his music. We go to every show when he comes to the ATL. This second Black Radio cd is awesome n so much more diverse - We played the cd all day during Thanksgiving because we had to continually hear it over n over so we could be immersed in this journey. He is the truth!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not very creative. October 31, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Let's first state the facts here. Black Radio 2 is not bad music. Robert Glasper can't make a bad song because he's just way too talented. The problem is clear. This album is just lazy and heartless. Though I think Jill Scott was produced correctly. I think Brandy and Dwele were both severely under-produced. I don't know what the hell Snoop was on. The band was playing as if everyone's name was Quest Love. Simple, basic and lifeless. Plus there are too many songs on this album and most of them sound the same.

Congratulations to Robert. Black Radio 2 is so dumbed down musically that everyone in the band is now way over qualified for the gig. He can now fire those guys and become the Kim Burrell of r&b/jazz by showing up to everyone's city and using local musicians for cheap. Even church cats can play this gig now.

Chris Dave and the Drumhedz are smashing this group right now. As well as Snarky Puppy and Dirty Loops. Hopefully this band will wake up and get back to musically murdering cats. Until then, I'll continue cleaning the house and praying softly to Black Radio 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars jazz lover
If you are a true contemporary jazz lover you will enjoy this CD. Everything I expected and in heavy rotation.
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Love this neo sound. Various featured artist.
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An excellent follow up, great collaborations and continued innovative music.
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