Robert Glasper Experiment - Black Radio
Label: Blue Note – 88333
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
180 gram vinyl in gatefold cover.
Released: 28 Feb 2012
Genre: Blues, Electronic, Funk / Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz
Style: Abstract, Contemporary Jazz, Soul, Hip Hop, Free Improvisation, Dark Ambient
A1 Lift Off Mic Check
Composer – Robert Glasper, Shafiq Husayn 3:57
A2 Afro Blue
Composer – Mongo Santamaria 5:07
A3 Cherish The Day
Composer – Andrew Hale, Sade, Stuart Matthewman 5:51
B1 Always Shine
Composer – Lupe Fiasco, Robert Glasper 5:22
B2 Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)
Composer – L. Young, Robert Glasper 6:11
B3 Move Love
Composer – Amber Strother, Anita Bias, Paris Strother, Robert Glasper 3:18
C1 Ah Yeah
Composer – C. M. Payne, Derrick Hodge, T. Johnson, Robert Glasper 5:08
C2 The Consequences Of Jealousy
Composer – Meshell Ndegeocello, Robert Glasper 6:07
C3 Why Do We Try
Composer – Jeffrey Allen, Lawrence Waddell, O'Dell, Ricky Kinchen, Stokley Williams 6:31
D1 Black Radio
Composer – Chris E. Dave, Derrick Hodge, D. Smith, Robert Glasper 5:25
D2 Letter To Hermione
Composer – David Bowie 4:51
D3 Smells Like Teen Spirit
Composer – Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Kurt Cobain 7:24
Manufactured By – Blue Note Records – 509997 29767 15
Recorded At – Threshold Sound
Lacquer Cut at – Capitol Mastering
Pressed By – Rainbo Records
Bass – Derrick Hodge (tracks: A1 through D3)
Drums, Percussion – Chris Dave (tracks: A1 through D3)
Keyboards [Aux Keys] – Paris Strother (tracks: B3)
Lacquer Cut By – RM
Piano, Rhodes, Synthesizer – Robert Glasper (tracks: A1 through D3)
Turntables – Jahi Sundance (tracks: A1, C2, D1, D3)
Vocals – Bilal (tracks: B1, D2), Chrisette Michele (tracks: C1), Erykah Badu (tracks: A2), Lalah Hathaway (tracks: A3), Ledisi (tracks: B2), Lupe Fiasco (tracks: B1), Meshell Ndegeocello (tracks: C2), Yasiin Bey (tracks: D1), Shafiq Husayn (tracks: A1)
Vocals, Backing Vocals – Amber Strother (tracks: B3), Anita Bias (tracks: B3)
Vocals, Percussion – Stokley (tracks: C3, D3 (percussion only))
Vocals, Percussion [Snapping] – Musiq Soulchild (tracks: C1)
Vocoder, Flute, Saxophone, Synthesizer – Casey Benjamin (tracks: A1 through D3)
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.
With this many big name R&B vocalists on one record, Black Radio would either be a complete success or a disastrous, unorganized mess. Fortunately it's the former: every song shines with smooth, jazzy instrumentation, emotive vocals, and catchy-as-$#!% melodies. The stars here are unquestionably the vocalists who deliver songs by Sade, Nirvana, David Bowie, and Glasper himself with pure, non-AutoTuned SINGING (what a concept).
This 12 song experimental project is a fusion of Jazz mixed with Hip-Hop, Soul(Neo), R&B, Poetic Rap & 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, etc.
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.
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.
Robert Glasper EPK
Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Yasiin Bey - Black Radio
@ the Highline Ballroom 2/28
Robert Glasper Experiment - Black Radio" feat. Yasiin Bey [Lyric Video)
Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Ledisi - Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)
Robert Glasper Experiment feat Chrisette Michele & Musiq Soulchild - Ahh Yeah