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Nor should he be -- it's this reputation as a forward-thinking cross-breeder of seemingly disparate elements that's gotten Glasper this far, and his ability to apply himself with equal braininess and craft to both that makes him one of the more promising representatives of jazz's future. Besides, after spending time with both segments, those skeptical listeners may very well realize that the two halves aren't that far apart after all, that both are equally well-honed and true to Album) spirit of both contemporary jazz and modern urban music.
Double Booked begins with a voicemail message from fellow jazz visionary Terence Blanchard that suggests the reason for For You - Robert Glasper - Double-Booked (CD album title before giving way to "No Worries," an easy-flowing jam that showcases all three members of the trio at their finest.
Glasper immediately reminds listeners of his ability to maintain Album) distinct lyricism even as he peels out ever bolder, more complex lines. Archer and Dave are both creative as well as supportive players, adding to the dialogue without stepping on Album) leader. Hints of what's to For You - Robert Glasper - Double-Booked (CD are dropped during the trio's lengthy interpretation of Thelonious Monk's "Think of One," which, while remaining true to the writer's quirks, also takes on new rhythmic twists of its own, with a nod to Ahmad Jamal's "Swahililand" which hip-hop fans will recognize from De La Soul's "Stakes Is High".
As if to build a bridge, the Experiment half of the album is ushered in with a Mos Def vocal on "4eva" and an almost jarringly electric take on Herbie Hancock's "Butterfly. Yet ultimately it isn't: Glasper's inventiveness is the overriding factor here as before, and although the mood shift is drastic, his pianistic personality ties it all together seamlessly.
Robert Glasper. The first is with Terrence Blanchett, who talks business about confirming the trio coming through to his club to play. No Worriesthe second track on the first disc gives that feel of being in the audience, with the announcer introducing the group, and giving a round of applause before kicking into a smooth groove. I felt like the piano would subtly spill over the track, as a classy glass of brandy spills over the lip.
Truth be told though, I felt the urge to do the Pee Wee Herman dance around the room, or get down like Bill Cosby at the beginning of his show. It began slowly and all the instruments picked up energy throughout the middle, before settling down to land like a feather and fading out. Aggiungi alla Lista. Released August 25, Double Booked Tracklist.
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