When you keep company with the likes of musicians Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, Chrisette Michelle, Erykah Badu, Musiq Soulchild and more, the artist may spark many of your interests as it did the staff of Life Full Circle. Check out this review of Robert Glaspers new Album Black Radio from The Urban Daily.
Words By Eric K. Arnold
With a mountain of hype surrounding his new album Black Radio–currently lodged at #1 jazz, #4 hip-hop/R&B on the Billboard charts—21st century jazzman Robert Glasper has been anointed as both the future and the savior of black music. Needless to say, expectations were sky-high going into his band The Robert Glasper Experiment’s sold-out Oakland show on St. Patrick’s Day.
The long set lived up to both those lofty expectations and its experimental billing. The opening number affixed a vocoderized chant and hip-hoppish drums to Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme,” suggesting an updated, unorthodox take on jazz tradition. Glasper’s genius lies in his ability to widen jazz’s pop cultural scope without bastardizing the genre’s integrity—a point the RGE reinforced with covers of David Bowie’s “Letter to Hermione” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
Absent (most of) the celebrity cameos of the Black Radio album, the…
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