Release Date: 16 April 2012
Format: LP Double Vinyl
|Robert Glasper Black Radio Limited Edition (500) 2LP Set
On 16th April 2012 Blue Note Records will release the new Robert Glasper Experiment album, 'Black Radio', 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. The first full-length album from the GRAMMY-nominated keyboardist’s electric Experiment band—saxist Casey Benjamin, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Chris Dave— 'Black Radio' also features many collaborations from the spectrum of urban music, seamlessly incorporating appearances from a jaw-dropping line up of special guests including Erykah Badu, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra), KING, Ledisi, Chrisette Michele, Mos Def, Musiq Soulchild, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Stokley Williams (Mint Condition).
Throughout the album 'Black Radio' wears its eclecticism on its sleeve, presenting new originals and surprising cover songs. They transform the Afro-Cuban standard “Afro Blue” with Erykah Badu, Sade’s “Cherish The Day” with Lalah Hathaway, David Bowie’s “Letter to Hermione” with Bilal, and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with Casey Benjamin’s vocoder vocal.
Glasper has long kept one foot planted firmly in jazz and the other in hip hop. His gig at the Blue Note Jazz Club earlier this year has already become a legendary freestyle jam session after Kanye West, Mos Def and Lupe Fiasco crashed the stage. The Los Angeles Times once wrote that “it's a short list of jazz pianists who have the wherewithal to drop a J Dilla reference into a Thelonious Monk cover, but not many jazz pianists are Robert Glasper,” adding that “he's equally comfortable in the worlds of hip-hop and jazz,” and praising the organic way in which he “builds a bridge between his two musical touchstones.”
After releasing his debut album Mood on the Fresh Sound label in 2003 followed by two buzzed about Blue Note albums with his acoustic Trio—Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007)—Glasper perfectly captured his unique duality with Double-Booked (2009), an album that juxtaposed his Trio and Experiment bands, and earned the keyboardist his first GRAMMY nomination.
'Double Booked' was Glasper's first album to combine his affection of Jazz and hip hop, one half of the album recorded with his traditional acoustic Jazz Trio, the other half with his electronic hip-hop influenced Experiment band - it is this electric/hip hop path that 'Black Radio' continues to explore.
'Black Radio' is already creating a tremendous buzz and shaping up to be the most exciting, accessible, crossover Jazz/hip hop record from our generations genuine contemporary superstar of Blue Note.
Lift Off (feat. Shafiq Husayn / Mic Check)
Afro Blue (feat. Erykah Badu)
Cherish The Day (feat. Lalah Hathaway)
Always Shine (feat. Lupe Fiasco and Bilal)
Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) [feat. Ledisi]
Move Love (feat. KING)
Ah Yeah (feat. Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele)
The Consequences Of Jealousy (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)
Why Do We Try (feat. Stokley)
Black Radio (feat. yasiin bey)
Letter to Hermione (feat. Bilal)
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Fever (feat. Hindi Zahra)