Black Radio Volume 2 CD (2013)

Artist: Robert Glasper

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Product Overview


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 254903236
UPC 602537433834
UPC 14 00602537433834
Format CD
Release Date 10/29/2013
Author Robert Glasper
Associated Artist/Work Robert Glasper Experiment
Technical Info
Engineer Keith Lewis
Producer Robert Glasper
CatalogID 3743383
Lable Name Blue Note (Label)
Released 10/28/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 59m : 36s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602537433834
Musical Guests
Patrick Stump
Jill Scott
Marsha Ambrosius
Anthony Hamilton
Faith Evans
Norah Jones
Luke James
Snoop Dogg
Lupe Fiasco
Emeli Sande
Lalah Hathaway
Malcolm Jamal Warner
Album Notes and Credits
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
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.87) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Notable vocal cameos abound, with the contributions ranging from Snoop Dogg and Jill Scott to Faith Evans, Emeli Sande and Norah Jones..."
Disc 1
1 Baby Tonight (Black Radio 2 Theme)/Mic Check 2
2 I Stand Alone
3 What Are We Doing
4 Calls
5 Worries
6 Trust
7 Yet to Find
8 You Own Me
9 Let It Ride
10 Persevere
11 Somebody Else
12 Jesus Children
Product Attributes
Artist Glasper,Robert
Label Universal Music Group

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