Audio Vision: Robert Glasper Experiment, Bilal, and Lupe Fiasco 'Always Shine'

Thursday, March 1, 2012



I've been telling everyone I meet (especially my Jazz minded Pop's) to pick up Robert Glasper's Black Radio---NOW. Not later. Not next week. Not when you get your check. NOW. I know you got some nickels and dimes in your sofa cushions. And you know that friend who owes you money? Tell 'em they need to pay up immediately because it's gotten to the point with the several listens I've taken to it, that I'm convinced it's in the running for album of year for me. Okay, it's premature to proclaim that, but whatever, Black Radio is masterful.

To promote it further, Glasper, his Experiment trio, Bilal, and Lupe Fiasco popped up on David Letterman last night to perform track, "Always Shine" off of Radio. Usually, I skip by these "late-night show" performances (especially SNL's due to the horrid acoustics their stage possess) unless it's something really special, because sometimes these performances don't have the same sparkle, as say, an intimate live performance. Well, this is the 'special' I'm talking about. Bilal and Lupe---I don't need to elaborate on because we know that A-game is brought all the time, but really check for Glasper and his lighting fingers in this as he gives some real pianist power that evokes the Jazz masters of yore.

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