Robert Glasper - Double Booked (CD)

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    Double-Booked, pianist Robert Glasper’s third album for Blue Note, following up Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007) unites his two worlds, featuring his world-class acoustic trio and his electric, hip-hop-oriented Robert Glasper Experiment. Few musicians can claim to unite the worlds of hip hop and jazz, but pianist Robert Glasper does just that. He went to school with Beyoncé, his cousin is R&B star Letoya, he plays piano for Maxwell, Erykah Badu and Me’shell Ndegeocello, counts the likes of Talib Kweli, Jay Z, Common and Kanye West amongts his pals and he has worked with the likes of Bilal (who guests here )and Mos Def. But he is also one of the rising stars of the jazz world, having paid his dues in the bands of Carmen Lundy and Terence Blanchard.
    Categories
    JazzMusic
    Category
    1. Performer
    2. Jazz General
    Number of Discs
    1
    Copy Control
    No
    Number of Items
    1
    Media Type
    CD
    Title
    Double Booked
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    5099969424427
    Country of Origin
    USA
    Label
    Blue Note
    Distributor
    EMI Music Distribution
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    5099969424427
    Previews

    JazzTimes (p.61) - "DOUBLE BOOKED contains much admirable music and playing, at both the acoustic and electric ends of the spectrum..."
    JazzTimes (p.36) - Ranked #26 in JazzTimes' "Top 50 CDs of 2009."
    Billboard (p.45) - "The album is evenly split between trio jazz and Glasper's more electronic leanings..."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.88) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he concluding half is devoted to a potent coalescence of jazz, funk, neo-soul and hip-hop..."

    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Introduction Theme
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] No Worries
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Yes I'm Country (And That's OK)
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Downtime
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] 59 South
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Think Of One
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] 4eva
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Butterfly
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Festival
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] For You
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] All Matter
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Open Mind
    Country
    UK
    Genre
    Jazz
    Release Date
    24 August 2009
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Intro
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] No Worries
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Yes I'm Country (And That's OK)
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Downtime
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] 59 South
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Think of One
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] 4eva
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Butterfly
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Festival
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] For You
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] All Matter
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Open Mind
    Notes

    Personnel: Robert Glasper (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Casey Benjamin (saxophone, vocoder); Robert Glasper Trio (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Derrick Hodge (electric bass); Chris Dave (drums); Jahi Sundance (turntables).
    Audio Mixers: Joe Marciano; Keith Lewis .
    Recording information: Brooklyn Recording, Brooklyn, NY; Systems 2 Studios.
    Photographer: Marques Green.
    Robert Glasper could easily choose one of his two musical personalities and stick with it, but Double Booked is a more rewarding album because he doesn't. For its first half, Glasper, a hyper-talented jazz pianist, stays within the acoustic trio format, working alongside bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Chris Dave. Then, midway, he turns to his other collective, the Robert Glasper Experiment, and displays his hip-hop/R&B-oriented side at its funkiest. While it's possible that one segment of Glasper's growing audience may prefer one half over the other, or even shun the music that doesn't match its own taste, Glasper is seemingly not worried. Nor should he be -- it's this reputation as a forward-thinking cross-breeder of seemingly disparate elements that's gotten Glasper this far, and his ability to apply himself with equal braininess and craft to both that makes him one of the more promising representatives of jazz's future. Besides, after spending time with both segments, those skeptical listeners may very well realize that the two halves aren't that far apart after all, that both are equally well-honed and true to the spirit of both contemporary jazz and modern urban music. Double Booked begins with a voicemail message from fellow jazz visionary Terence Blanchard that suggests the reason for the album title before giving way to "No Worries," an easy-flowing jam that showcases all three members of the trio at their finest. Glasper immediately reminds listeners of his ability to maintain a distinct lyricism even as he peels out ever bolder, more complex lines. Archer and Dave are both creative as well as supportive players, adding to the dialogue without stepping on the leader. "Yes I'm Country (And That's OK)" uses all of its eight minutes to unfold and contract, its intensity level cascading and waning, but its magnificence never wavering. Hints of what's to come are dropped during the trio's lengthy interpretation of Thelonious Monk's "Think of One," which, while remaining true to the writer's quirks, also takes on new rhythmic twists of its own, with a nod to Ahmad Jamal's "Swahililand" (which hip-hop fans will recognize from De La Soul's "Stakes Is High"). As if to build a bridge, the Experiment half of the album is ushered in with a Mos Def vocal on "4eva" and an almost jarringly electric take on Herbie Hancock's "Butterfly." With Casey Benjamin providing both the saxophones and vocoder effects for the Experiment tracks, Derrick Hodge taking over bass duties, and Dave staying put on drums, this is essentially a different band than heard on the first half. Yet ultimately it isn't: Glasper's inventiveness is the overriding factor here as before, and although the mood shift is drastic, his pianistic personality ties it all together seamlessly. ~ Jeff Tamarkin

    Date Released
    2009-09-01 00:00:00
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Studio
    Video Disabled
    0
    Performer
    Robert Glasper (Piano)
    Producer
    Robert Glasper Trio; Robert Glasper
    Artists
    1. Glasper, Robert
    Duration
    72m 19s
    Engineer
    Joe Marciano; Keith Lewis

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