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Black Radio, Volume 2 [Deluxe Edition]

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Robert Glasper Experiment 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, Mark Colenburg on drums, and Casey Benjamin on vocoder and saxophone. Providing the vocals throughout is another jaw-dropping roll call of vocalists including Common, Patrick Stump, Brandy, Jill Scott, Dwele, Marsha Ambrosius, Anthony Hamilton, Faith Evans, Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Emeli Sandé, Lalah Hathaway, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 29, 2013)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B00E7Z7D2M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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Robert Glasper Experiment’s “Black Radio 2” continues to reinvigorate the staid status quo of both mainstream urban and jazz radio scene by supplying another bunch of songs. He supplies again melodious songs, friendly to ears, deeply rooted in black cultures and lives, to a wealth of guest vocalists and rappers, he recruits, including Norah Jones and Lala Hathaway. Experiment group sounds as cohesive as ever with Glasper’s gospel infused harmony, Derrick Hodges’ buttering base line, and Mark Colenburg’s skittering drums. Casey Benjamin’s vocoder works seems to sit behind here. Common & Stump rap against easy to remember phrase loops in “I Stand Alone.” Glasper dares to write an explanatory note that there are no programmed loops on this album, everything you here is played live. Jill Scott persistently repeats “you always answer my calls, when I call,” strikes my ears. Anthony Hamilton’s plaintive baritone laments lost love in “Yet To Find,” is a showcase for this album. Norah Jones comfortable voice is vivid on a up-tempo beat of “Let It Ride.” Stevie Wonder’s “Jesus Children Of America” is the only one cover song for this album, where Glasper employs Lala Hathaway’s alto to depict religious hypocrisy. Malcolm Jamal-Warner’s impassioned speech tributing the young victims of shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the last part of this song, seclude this records from ordinary thrown-away products.
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