Robert Glasper - Double Booked (4 stars)

Robert Glasper - Double Booked

(Blue Note Records)

The double booking is captured on two voicemail messages on the disc, one from trumpeter Terence Blanchard and the other from Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson, both looking to have Glasper and his bands on the same night. The split reflects his own dual allegiance to jazz and hip hop, reflected in the division of the disc into two distinct halves, one with his adventurous jazz trio and the other with his hip hop-based Experiment band, with guest vocals from Bilal and Mos Def.

If some listeners will divide around the two styles, Glasper is equally committed to both. His trio with bassist Vincent Archer and drummer Chris Dave can hold their own with any in the field, and the drummer is also found at the heart of the Experiment band. Glasper’s incisive and inventive pianism is central to both, and most of the music is his own as well, other than a trio interpretation of Monk’s ‘Think of One’ and the Experiment’s take on Herbie Hancock’s ‘Butterfly’.

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