Robert Glasper

Pianist, composer, producer, Robert Glasper is an artist of the stature you expect to find on legendary jazz label Blue Note. His album Black Radio was one of last year’s stand-out releases. The stars are queuing up to work with him. Black Radio is veritably chocka with talent including the extraordinary Erykah Badu on Afro Blue, breathing new life into this jazz classic to such an extent that it sounds as if it was penned soley for the album, Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele dueting on Oh Yeah and Lalah Hathway burnishing Sade’s Cherish the Day. Meshell Ndegeocello, whose album of Nina Simone covers we, well, recently covered, is another guest. The album’s title, with its nod to Public Enemy, perfectly reflects its depth of ambition. There are shades of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Quincy Jones while the performances simply leave you breathless.

On January 10 Glasper presented Black Radio live at SOB in New York. What a great concert to kick off 2013.

Pierfrancesco Pacoda

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