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Robert Glasper Experiment: Black Radio

Blue Note

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If modern black radio came anywhere close to this album, more could be compelled to move from toleration or total desertion to actual enjoyment. Hey, one can dream. Jazz composer/musician Robert Glasper brilliantly reveals what mature radio sounds like in a parallel universe. Helping his cause is a who's who of alternative soul and hip-hop stars, including Bilal, Musiq, Ledisi, Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco, Chrisette Michele, Stokley Williams, Meshell Ndegeocello, among others. High-flying newcomers King keep altitude on "Move Love," an original cut that personifies this nightcap album's languid sounds dotting landscapes painted in seductive indigos, silvery moons, and shimmering black pools. A few fine covers sneak under Glasper's velvet rope of originals, including Lalah Hathaway on an electro-soul treatment of Sade's "Cherish the Day," and Erykah Badu's neo-soul approach to Mongo Santamaria's "Afro Blue." Light on experiment and Glasper solos, it still inspires. (4 out of 5 stars)

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