Canvas - (Import CD)

Robert Glasper

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Categories
JazzMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Jazz Instrument
  3. Piano
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Producer
Eli Wolf
Title
Canvas
Country
USA
Notes

Personnel: Robert Glasper (piano); Bilal (vocals); Mark Turner (tenor saxophone); Vicente Archer (bass instrument); Damion Reid (drums).
Canvas is pianist Robert Glasper's second recording, and his first on Blue Note. He's joined by bassist Vincente Archer and drummer Damion Reid for the main portion of Canvas, while tenor Mark Turner and vocalist Bilal make two appearances each. Perhaps the first thing a listener might note of Glasper's style on the original, "Rise and Shine," is its rich, melodic flavor. While this lyricism alone would draw the listener in, it's Glasper's ability to develop new ideas as the piece progresses, adding complexity to his lyricism, that really recommends his approach. In the case of the title cut, Glasper and company keep the composition intriguing for nearly ten minutes. It's also nice on Canvas that both Archer and Reid match Glasper's adventurousness, providing an intricate net that both supports his solos and drives them onward. Turner blends effortlessly into the band on the title cut and Herbie Hancock's "Riot," adding a slightly bigger sound and turning in fine lead work. The vocals come rather late in the program on tracks seven and ten, and are not typically what one might expect from vocals (even in jazz). Instead, Bilal's wordless drone, hum, and smooth choral backing mixes like an additional instrument that adds another textural element to the music. Canvas also sounds great, and producer Eli Wolf has done a fine job putting these elements together into an organic whole. Canvas is both melodic and adventurous, and will please both Glasper's fans and anyone who appreciates good piano jazz. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

BarCode
724347713026
Country of Origin
USA
Barcode
724347713026
Label
Blue Note
Distributor
EMI Music Distribution
Performer
Robert Glasper (Piano)
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Untitled
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Canvas
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Portrait of an Angel
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Enoch's Meditation
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Centelude
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Jelly's da Beener
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Chant
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Riot
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] North Portland
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] I Remember
Artists
  1. Robert Glasper
Studio / Live
Studio
Previews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.91) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]is distinctiveness lies in a lyrical, even delivery of his attractive, mature compositions."
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