Robert Glasper is the shit. Probably the premier jazz man of today, the Texan is keeping jazz current in a way no one else can without adding some triggered effects from their Ableton set-up. He’s produced several stellar albums already, he’s shared the stage and studio with luminaries like Badu, Common, Bilal and many, many more. With his latest album, the star-studded Black Radio, Glasper is on a very explicit mission to cast a net far and wide in hopes of reeling in as many younger heads into embracing his beloved genre of jazz. It is no hyperbole to say that this album is a broadly appealing classic.
Honestly, I could have picked damn near any song from this album to stream. One day my favorite is the Erykah joint (the one we chose), the next it’s the sublime cut featuring a wonderfully subdued Michelle Ndegeocello, the day after that I’m stuck on the Musiq Soulchild cut and soon after I might be repeating “Letter To Hermione” over and over. The point is, in case you have yet to notice, this album packs a punch and fans of any genre will surely find something wonderful and pure to latch onto. Don’t sleep!
Southern Cali folk, a special treat: Robert Glasper will be bringing his Black Radio experience to Los Angeles today – Thursday (3/22) – for a brain-exploding show courtesy of the good folks at ArtDontSleep and EVFA.