ArtScience Robert Glasper Experiment
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- 1This Is Not Fear03:19
- 2Thinkin Bout You03:13
- 3Day To Day05:25
- 4No One Like You09:18
- 5You And Me04:39
- 6Tell Me A Bedtime Story07:05
- 7Find You06:47
- 8In My Mind06:07
- 9Hurry Slowly05:37
- 10Written In Stone05:02
- 11Let's Fall In Love07:34
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Eclectic New Album finds the Experiment Getting Down to its Essence, with Each Band Member Delivering Vocals & Sharing in the Production & Songwriting!
Groundbreaking, Grammy-winning group Robert Glasper Experiment returns on Blue Note in September 2016 with the new album ArtScience. The eclectic release finds the Experiment getting down to its essence, with each of the band members – keyboardist Robert Glasper, saxophonist/vocalist Casey Benjamin, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Mark Colenburg – delivering the vocals and sharing in the production and songwriting on the album. On ArtScience, the Experiment sounds like a bit of everything that's vibrant and challenging and great about music woven into a billowing fabric of jazz, funk, soul, rock, hip-hop, blues, disco, electronic, and pop.
Robert Glasper, vocals, keyboards
Casey Benjamin, saxophone
Derrick Hodge, double bass
Mark Colenburg, drums
has long kept one foot planted firmly in jazz and the other in hip-hop and R&B. He’s worked extensively with Q-Tip, playing keyboards on the rapper’s 2008 album The Renaissance and co-writing the album single “Life Is Better” which featured his label mate Norah Jones. Glasper also serves as the music director in yasiin bey’s touring band, and has toured with the multi-platinum R&B singer Maxwell.
The Los Angeles Times once wrote that “it's a short list of jazz pianists who have the wherewithal to drop a J Dilla reference into a Thelonious Monk cover, but not many jazz pianists are Robert Glasper,” adding that “he's equally comfortable in the worlds of hip-hop and jazz,” and praising the organic way in which he “builds a bridge between his two musical touchstones.”
Glasper drove that point home with his last album, 2009’s Double-Booked, which was split neatly in half. The first part featured his acoustic Trio, which had gathered a great deal of acclaim in the jazz world and beyond over the course of two previous Blue Note albums (2005’s Canvas and 2007’s In My Element). The second part featured his electric Experiment band and hinted at things to come, even earning the keyboardist his first GRAMMY nomination for “All Matter,” a collaboration with the singer Bilal that was among the contenders in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category in 2010.
With Black Radio, the Experiment band has fully arrived. Featuring Glasper on piano and Fender Rhodes, Casey Benjamin on vocoder and saxophone, Derrick Hodge on electric bass, and Chris Dave on drums, the band is plugged in and open source. Each of the band members is prodigiously talented and lives naturally in multiple musical worlds, distilling countless influences into a singular voice. “That’s what makes this band unique,” says Glasper. “We can go anywhere, literally anywhere, we want to go. We all have musical ADD and we love it.”
Black Radio also features many of Glasper’s famous friends from across the spectrum of urban music, seamlessly incorporating appearances from a jaw-dropping roll call of special guests including Erykah Badu, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra), KING, Ledisi, Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, Meshell Ndegeocello, Stokley Williams (Mint Condition), and yasiin bey.
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