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2012 album from the Jazz pianist and his electric Experimental band. Black Radio is a future landmark album that boldly stakes out new musical territory and transcends any notion of genre, drawing from Jazz, Hip Hop, R&B and Rock, but refusing to be pinned down by any one tag. Black Radio also features many of Glasper's famous friends from the spectrum of urban music, seamlessly incorporating appearances from a jaw-dropping roll call of special guests including Erykah Badu, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Shafi q Husayn (Sa-Ra), KING, Ledisi, Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, Meshell Ndegeocello, Stokley Williams (Mint Condition), and yasiin bey (Mos Def).
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|Audio CD Release Date:||February 28, 2012|
|Studio:||Blue Note Records|
|Number Of Discs:||1|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 128 reviews|
|1. ||Lift Off/Mic Check (featuring Shafiq Husayn)|
|2. ||Afro Blue (featuring Erykah Badu)|
|3. ||Cherish The Day (featuring Lalah Hathaway)|
|4. ||Always Shine (featuring Lupe Fiasco & Bilal)|
|5. ||Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) (featuring Ledisi)|
|6. ||Move Love (featuring KING)|
|7. ||Ah Yeah (featuring Musiq Soulchild & Chrisette Michele)|
|8. ||Consequence Of Jealously (featuring Meshell Ndegeocello)|
|9. ||Why Do We Try (featuring Stokely Williams)|
|10. ||Black Radio (eaturing Mos Def)|
|11. ||Letter to Hermoine (featuring Bilal)|
|12. ||Smells Like Teen Spirit|
GLASPER ROBERT BLACK RADIO
|Average Customer Review: ( 128 customer reviews )
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30 of 32 found the following review helpful:
OMG Mar 04, 2012
By Capital K
Jazz for the new millennium - excellently done! Someone here said their mother was 55 and didn't think the drumbeats appropriate for jazz. Well I'm 56 and I think everything about this cd is slammin! It harkens back to the progressive jazz days when guys like Lonnie Listen Smith, Roy Ayers, and George Duke were doing some amazing things. There's always been a dispute between jazz purists and jazz progressives. Miles Davis made a progressive album (Man With The Horn) and you would've thought the universe had turned upside down. Good music is good music, and this cd is some seriously good music.
32 of 35 found the following review helpful:
The F.M. Dial to Beautiful Music! Feb 28, 2012
There was wonderful renaissance of neo-soul music that peaked in the 90s and was a wonderful soundtrack for the lives of urban contemporary music lovers. Robert Glasper is undoubtedly and purely inspired by the music of that era. A hybrid of soft jazz, hip-hop, and R&B, Black Radio is the soul music lover's 'Hearts of Space' odyssey. It is the F.M. dial to beautiful music that I could not recommend more highly.
He has drawn in some of the most respected musicians (Lalah Hathaway, Lupe Fiasco, Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Bilal to name a few) to contribute their talents to what will be one of my favorite albums this year. I hate to highlight any songs in particular because the entire album is consistently wonderful from beginning to end - so I won't.
It's intriguing that two of my favorite musicians, Robert Glasper and Esperanza Spalding, are releasing CDs this year with the word 'radio' in the albums' titles. (Esperanza's CD is entitled 'Radio Music Society'). With so much music becoming popular based on spectacle and ridiculous antics (as he touches upon at the end of "Gonna Be Alright"), it's refreshing and reassuring that artists like these are keeping the focus on musicianship. Black Radio is Robert Glasper at his best!
29 of 33 found the following review helpful:
"Experimentation For Meditation" Feb 28, 2012
By Q. Pair
I've always had an admiration of artists who attempt to cross the boundaries of their genre and venture out of their comfort zone to indulge in something new and exciting, not only for them but for their audience as well. This admiration is punctuated by the fact that not everyone who does this is successful at it. In fact, in my experience I've seen more failures and mediocre offerings then I have anything else (see The Hip Hop Violinist [Explicit]). That being said, Robert Glasper's Black Radio has definitely taken its place among the ranks of high quality music.
Being new to Robert Glasper, I admit that I was drawn in by the promise of the plethora of guest appearances by familiar faces, such as Musiq Soul Child, Lela Hathaway, Lupe Fiasco, Yassin Bey (aka Mos Def), Erykah Badu, Ledisi, and Bilal. Fortunately, I found that Glasper's ability to tastefully spread out the various talents found on this project is worthy of praise. With twelve different guest artists on an album, it can easily start to feel crowded like there's too much going on at once. Instead, what we're given as the final product is a euphoric blend of Jazz, Neo-Soul and Hip Hop that I can cool out to in the car with my speakers up, or vibe to at a live performance.
Each song seemed to be tailored (and most likely was) to the individual artists that appeared on them, but still making it very clear in its sound that this was Robert Glasper's album, not a compilation of sounds taken from different places. The integrity of Glasper's work is never compromised of overshadowed by any of the guest artists, only accentuated by energy their voices bring to each track. From beginning to end, it feels like listening to a live set that you don't want to leave your seat for.
Being primarily a Hip Hop head, I was particularly interested in how Lupe and Mos Def would be incorporated into the music, since both have stepped into the realms beyond their genre's as well. Thankfully, their presence was utilized well, making their performances sound genuinely organic. I found Mos's track "Black Radio" especially interesting, as he seemed very much at home from what I've heard from him in past works (see New Danger which is full of examples). Staying true to the idea of this being an "experiment," both Mos and the intstrumentation fly off in the the stratosphere playing off each other with varying tempos and vocal play from Mos himself that I find hard to describe in any other way but "interesting." By no means is it a bad thing, just worthy of note, and clearly he makes the track his own.
Overall, Black Radio is a solid body of work, fluid in its composition yet bold enough to make you stay and listen. Robert Glasper, despite being labeled simply as a Jazz musician, has successfully achieved crossing genre's and bringing different elements back to his own realm, giving us new and unique music to enjoy that will not disapoint. Having been thoroughly impressed by his latest work, I'll definitely be checking out his earlier stuff as well, and I'd encourage anyone else to do the same. Enjoy.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
WOW! Sep 30, 2012
By Eugene Strader, Jr.
I first heard "Gonna Be Alright" from a fellow musician. It was real hip, so I purchased the whole CD. Man, I was blown away! It's so cool to hear fresh, new music. All of this "smooth jazz" stuff is okay, but it's getting redundant. It's time for someone to bring something different to our ears. Joe Zawinul (Weather Report) wrote a song titled "Can It Be Done" asking "is there one melody that's never been in the air?" I wish "The Robert Glasper Experiment" is the one he could've heard. I met robert Glasper at the Indy Jazz fest last month and He's really a nice guy. Keep up the good works!
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Amazing Album! I just got tired of it mad fast... Aug 02, 2012
This album was sooo sick! But I just got mad tired of it after a month or 2. Its sick mood music (especially that Soulchild colab.) but i couldn't play it out like i did alot of other albums out this year (like Nas- The Good Life), jazz albums included... Monk's Moods could play on repeat, everywhere, for the rest of my life, and i'd be like... dope. But "Freaky black track you never play me..." is TRUTH, but honestly best when its a surprise on shuffle or your tryin to look dope to your friends. All in all, I love this album and MAD props to Glasper, but on the real... it ain't no 5 outta 5.
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