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Black Radio

Robert Glasper

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Amber Strother(Vocals),  Casey Benjamin(Flute),  Casey Benjamin(Saxophone),  Casey Benjamin(Synthesizer),  Chris Dave(Drums),  Chris Dave(Percussion),  Chrisette Michele(Vocals),  Derrick Hodge(Bass),  Erykah Badu(Vocals),  Lalah Hathaway(Vocals),  Ledisi(Vocals),  Lupe Fiasco(Vocals),  Meshell Ndegeocello(Vocals),  Me'shell Ndegeocello(Vocals),  Musiq(Vocals),  Robert Glasper(Piano),  Robert Glasper(Synthesizer),  Shafiq Husayn(Vocals),  Stokley(Percussion),  Stokley(Vocals),  Amber Strother(Vocals (Background)),  Robert Glasper(Fender Rhodes),  Casey Benjamin(Vocoder),  Jahi Sundance(Turntables),  Musiq(Snaps),  Bryan-Michael Cox(Producer),  Casey Benjamin(Arranger),  Keith Lewis(Engineer),  Max Ross(Engineer),  Robert Glasper(Arranger),  Robert Glasper(Producer),  Angelika Beener(Liner Notes),  Chris Athens(Mastering),  Cognito(Photography),  Dave Grohl(Composer),  Dave Grohl(Composer),  David Bowie(Composer),  Eli Wolf(Executive Producer),  Gordon H. Jee(Art Direction),  J. Allen(Composer),  Kurt Cobain(Composer),  Meshell Ndegeocello(Composer),  Me'shell Ndegeocello(Composer),  Michael Schreiber(Photography),  Mongo Santamaria(Composer),  Nicole Hegeman(Executive Producer),  Nicole Hegeman(Production Coordination),  Qmillion(Mixing),  R. Glasper(Composer),  S. Matthewman(Composer),  Todd Bergman(Assistant),  Cem Kurosman(Publicity),  Eli Wolf(A&R),  Nicole Hegeman(Management),  Shanieka D. Brooks(Marketing),  Steve Cook(A&R),  Vincent Bennett(Management)

Product Description

Black Radio, the title of the Robert Glasper Experiment's proper Blue Note debut, is a double signifier. There's the dictionary's definition: the device in an aircraft that records technical data during a flight, used in case of accident to discover its cause. And there's Angelika Beener's in her liner essay. She defines Black Radio as representative of the veracity of Black music which has been ...

emulated, envied and countlessly re-imagined by the rest of the world.... With jazz as its backbone, Glasper, drummer Chris Dave, bassist Derrick Hodge, and Casey Benjamin on reeds, winds, and vocoder, cued by the inspiration of black music's illustrious cultural past, try to carve out a creative place for its future. The album is a seamless, deeply focused meld of jazz, hip-hop, adult contemporary R&B, neo-soul, even rock, with an expansive use of rhythmic and melodic invention; all of it surrounded by spacious, natural-sounding production that's smooth, never slick. The various elements yield the desired result: making the whole greater than its parts. Sa-Ra's Shafiq Husayn introduces it with Lift Off. Erykah Badu takes the Cuban jazz classic Afro Blue and extends it using hip-hop rhythms and neo-soul groove wedded to her signature, jazz-tinged croon. Benjamin's airy flute and Glasper's Rhodes and piano converge in the center; Hodge's bass adds slip for the drum kit. Lalah Hathaway's gorgeous vocal on Sade's Cherish the Day finds the rhythm section bumping around the fringes and creating a new pocket, which she embraces while finding spaces inside the song that weren't there before. On Always Shine, Lupe Fiasco's flow meets Bilal's emotive modern soul. The band stretches conventional 4/4 time, and the piano and synth shapeshift through the melody, adding depth and musical drama. Gonna Be Alright is a re-imagining of Glasper's F.T.B. with new lyrics and a rousing, elegant vocal by Ledisi. King dreamily croons through Move Love, as the Experiment pushes the time accents to a near breaking point. Ah Yeah, with Musiq (Soulchild) and Chrisette Michele, is a sensual babymaker that expands the reach of contemporary jazz. The subtle yet fragmented breaks in The Consequences of Jealousy, combined with Glasper's right-handed, upper-register chord creations, give Me'Shell Ndegeocello's vocal room to step outside the frame to fully inhabit the brooding musical simmer as an improviser. On Why Do We Try, Stokley's (Mint Condition) breezy vocal is the bridge between Glasper's counterpoint melodies (one on each hand, with plenty of block chord improvisation), and the organ-esque timbres, popping breakbeats, and rumbling bass harmonics. The title track, with Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) commences with hip-hop in the tune's head; the rhythm section charges full press to meet his rapid-fire delivery, but Glasper and Benjamin offer gentler modal grooves on the margins without blunting the impact. Bilal uses his elastic phrasing to offer an iconic reading of David Bowie's Letter to Hermione, as the band follows and builds upon his twists and turns. A drum machine and slurred speaking voice introduce Glasper's modally strident reading of Smells Like Teen Spirit to close. As Benjamin sings through his vocoder, loops, blips, and sample fragments haunt the middle like ghosts. Glasper approaches the melody elliptically; but grounds the entire tune, even as the rhythm section and effects gather steam. Before long, everything converges to propel it into the stratosphere. Black Radio creates an entirely new context for popular music in its near erasure of boundaries. It is the sound of the future -- even if no one knows it yet. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi

Track List   

  • 01. Lift Off (Feat. Shafiq Husayn / Mic Check)
  • 02. Afro Blue (Feat. Erykah Badu)
  • 03. Cherish The Day (Feat. Lalah Hathaway)
  • 04. Always Shine (Feat. Lupe Fiasco And Bilal)
  • 05. Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) [Feat. Ledisi]
  • 06. Move Love (Feat. King)
  • 07. Ah Yeah (Feat. Musiq Soulchild And Chrisette Michele)
  • 08. The Consequences Of Jealousy (Feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)
  • 09. Why Do We Try (Feat. Stokley)
  • 10. Black Radio (Feat. Yasiin Bey)
  • 11. Letter To Hermione (Feat. Bilal)
  • 12. Smells Like Teen Spirit

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流麗なジャズピアノにネオソウルの歌い手た...

投稿日:2013/11/07 (木)

流麗なジャズピアノにネオソウルの歌い手たちが色を添える。秋の夜長にしっとり聴き惚れます。。。

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jazzy hiphopと言われる作品は数多くあるが...

投稿日:2013/08/08 (木)

jazzy hiphopと言われる作品は数多くあるが、クラブサウンドとしての意味合いが多いが、これはディープなHIPHOPの色合いが濃く、ネオ・ソウル的作品としては極上の一枚。

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Jazz pianistのRobert GlasperによるProjec...

投稿日:2013/02/18 (月)

Jazz pianistのRobert GlasperによるProjectのアルバム。かねてよりHip-Hop, R&Bとのコラボレーションを進めてきたが、今回はラストを除いて全曲コラボ曲である。2曲に参加しているBilalを仲介に幅広く交流してきたこともあって、通好みのArtistを多数迎えた意欲作になっている。Guestは唄中心で一言で言うとJazzyなR&B作品となるが、時にスペーシーであったり、アンビエントであったりとCoolなバンドサウンドは確かに今日的である。極端な冒険を避けつつも、R&B, HipHopのトラックとしての工夫もあって、楽しめる作品だ。

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