Thursday, January 14, 2010

Robert Glasper: Jazz Man & Hip Hop Collaborator 'Double Booked' Album Review

As reviewed by Chase Hoffberger at the Austin Chronicle

Robert Glasper - Double Booked (Blue Note) released August 25, 2009.

Jazz traditionalists will wish they could have gotten more of Robert Glasper's Trio on the Houston native's most recent Double Booked, but anyone familiar with the 30-year-old pianist knows there's no sense in confinement. As a longtime collaborator of Mos Def, J Dilla, Q Tip, and the Roots, Glasper's musical tendencies lie as close to hip-hop as they do to traditional jazz, a fact made most evident on the tease of De La Soul's "Stakes Is High" midway through Thelonious Monk's "Think of One." Split into two parts – first half with the Trio, second with his Experiment, which features Casey Benjamin on both saxophone and vocoder – Booked is just as much about Glasper's unique vision (the Bilal-featured "All Matter" - music below) as it is his tangled piano phrasings ("No Worries"). Approach it with an "Open Mind."

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Robert Glasper - Double Booked

Robert Glasper Improv-ing On The Keys To 'Gettin' Up' w/Q-Tip @ London's Roundhouse For Gilles Peterson's 10 Year Worldwide Anniversary Tour in 2009.

Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson of the Roots discusses Robert Glasper's influence.

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