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Robert Glasper Experiment: Black Radio

Blue Note



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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