Glasper, Robert - Black Radio - Vol.2 (CD)

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  1. Performer
  2. R&B
  3. Rap
Number of Discs
Number of Items
Black Radio 2
Country of Origin
Universal Distribution
Audio CD
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Baby Tonight ( Black Radio 2 Theme) / Mic Check 2
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] I Stand Alone
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] What Are We Doing
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Calls
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Worries
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Trust
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Yet To Find
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] You Owe Me
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Let It Ride
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Persevere
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Somebody Else
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Jesus Children
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Baby Tonight (Black Radio 2 Theme)/Mic Check 2
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] I Stand Alone - (featuring Patrick Stump)
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] What Are We Doing - (featuring Brandy)
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Calls - (featuring Jill Scott)
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Worries - (featuring Dwele)
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Trust - (featuring Marsha Ambrosius)
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Yet to Find - (featuring Anthony Hamilton)
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] You Own Me - (featuring Faith Evans)
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Let It Ride - (featuring Norah Jones)
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Persevere - (featuring Luke James/Snoop Dogg/Lupe Fiasco)
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Somebody Else - (featuring Emeli Sand‚)
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Jesus Children - (featuring Malcolm Jamal Warner)

Personnel: Robert Glasper (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer); Casey Benjamin (saxophone, synthesizer, vocoder); Mark Colenburg (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Qmillion.
Recording information: ADBP Studios, Detroit, MI; Arts & Crafts Studios, NY, NY; Brooklyn Recording, Brooklyn, NY; Fever Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; The Attick Westlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA; The Dogghouse, Los Angeles, CA; WEstlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographers: Don Hannah; Janette Beckman.
On Black Radio 2, the Robert Glasper Experiment attempts the near impossible: create a sequel that delivers fully on the promise of its groundbreaking, Grammy-winning predecessor. Glasper's group -- bassist Derrick Hodge, Casey Benjamin on vocoder and synth, and drummer Mark Colenburg -- again enlists a stellar cast of vocalists. Instead of relying on covers, this set is almost entirely comprised of originals. There is an organic feel as well: there are no programmed loops on the record; everything was played live. Standout "I Stand Alone" juxtaposes hip-hop and pop as Common raps about growing up in Chicago, with a sung refrain by fellow Illinoisian Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. Michael Erik Dyson adds an inspiring spoken word outro. The set's first single, "Calls," features vocals by Jill Scott. It's a dreamy, repetitive, nocturnal, neo-soul groover with Glasper's Rhodes and Benjamin's synths sparkling above the clipped rhythm. The RGE weds neo-soul to hip-hop to very fluid jazz on "Worries" with Dwele. The popping snare and toms are accented by Glasper's acoustic piano and a bumping, bubbling bassline from Hodge, as the vocalist alternately sings and raps. Anthony Hamilton offers an exquisite, deeply moving vocal on "Yet to Find," a tune that weds adult contemporary R&B to modern gospel seamlessly and convincingly. Faith Evans underscores the pop/R&B notion on "You Own Me," a track illustrated by Glasper's crystalline middle-register piano, Benjamin's winding, circular synth line, and Colenburg's ticking, in-the-pocket hi-hat. The set's most bracing cut is "Let It Ride." It was written by Glasper and Munsinah, and driven by Colenburg's dazzling breakbeat snare, which is so accurate it could be a loop. It's mixed far above the acoustic piano vamp, an atmospheric Rhodes, layered synths, and a sparse, seductive bassline. Norah Jones' slippery, slurry, vocal phrasing rises over the top, making the track an expansive, syncopated meld of dubstep, jazz, and pop. The set closer is a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Jesus Children." Introduced by the RGE in a nearly modal m‚lange of acoustic piano, electric bass, and skittering snare, vocalist Lalah Hathaway finds the melody and adds her signature utterance, which is equal parts gospel, old-school soul, and bluesy jazz. She trades verses with Malcolm Jamal Warner, who delivers a searing, spoken tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, thereby exiting the set on a poignant note. Black Radio 2 is much more subtle than its predecessor. While it's true that it possesses fewer standout performances, it's wholly consistent, and on some level, it's braver for relying on original material to carry it. It requires more listening to appreciate fully. Taken as a whole, however, it serves and fulfills the role of a sequel: the album deepens the band's music-making aesthetic, and further establishes their sound not only as a signature, but even, perhaps, as its own genre. ~ Thom Jurek

Date Released
2013-08-01 00:00:00
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Video Disabled
Robert Glasper Experiment
Robert Glasper
  1. Glasper, Robert
59m 36s
Keith Lewis
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Leruo, South Africa. 17 January 2014

awesome release from Robert Glasper!!
thanks to TakeALot for the hook up! - speedy service too!! :D

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