by Tony Johnson
Robert Glasper a Jazz Pianist from Houston. Tx released his 5th project “Black Radio” properly named the “Robert Glasper Experiment” with Derrick Hodge- Bass, Chris Dave- Drums & Casey Benjamin- Sax, flute & Vocoder & Robert Glasper on Piano.
This 12 song experimental project is a fusion of Jazz mixed with Hip-Hop, Soul (Neo), R&B, Rap (Poetic) & old school electric Jazz all rolled in one with featured guests: Erykah Badu, Lalah Hathaway, Musiq Soulchild, Bilal, Chrisette Michele, Stokley, Ledisi, Lupe Fiasco, Meshell Ndegeocello, King & Mos Def.
Many of the songs on this project are remakes but the creativity are awesome like Mongo Santamaria’s “Afro Blue” f/ Erykah Badu, Sade’s “Cherish The Day” f/ Lalah Hathaway, David Bowie’s “Letter To Hermione” f/ Bilal & Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.
My personal favorites are “Ah Yeah” f/ Musiq Soulchild And Chrisette Michele, “Gonna Be Alright” (F.T.B.) f/ Ledisi, “Move Love” f/ King, & The Consequences Of Jealousy f/ Meshell Ndegeocello.
Honestly, This project is really nothing that hasn’t been done before actually it reminds me of the Jazzmatazz projects that was done by the late “Guru” of Gang Starr in 1993 but the first innovator of this style of music began with Miles Davis.
In 1991 right before his death Miles Davis was experimenting with Jazz & Hip-Hop working with Easy Mo Bee on the “Doo-Bop” project and many Jazz fans downplayed it because they said “THAT’S NOT JAZZ!” but they said the same thing back in 1969 when Miles released “Bitches Brew” and we ALL know Miles Davis was a true Jazz innovator and the way I see it the Robert Glasper Experiment is just another innovation of Miles Davis.
I really like this project because of the live instrumentation and the arrangement & flow of songs.
REAL musicians playing REAL instruments but not everyone will feel this project just those who are musically mature and diverse also catch Robert Glasper Experiment live in a city near you or youtube him.
You WILL NOT be disappointed.
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