ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT - BLACK RADIO 2
Double vinyl LP pressing. Deluxe edition includes four bonus tracks. 2013 release, a genre-defying effort that takes the Black Radio blueprint and builds to even greater heights. The core remains the Experiment, as astoundingly versatile a band as has ever existed, featuring Robert Glasper on keyboards, Derrick Hodge on bass, Mark Colenburg on drums, and Casey Benjamin on vocoder and saxophone. Providing the vocals throughout is another jaw-dropping roll call of vocalists including Common, Patrick Stump, Brandy, Jill Scott, Dwele, Marsha Ambrosius, Anthony Hamilton, Faith Evans, Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Emeli Sandé, Lalah Hathaway, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. On Black Radio 2, the emphasis is on songwriting with 11 of the 12 tracks new originals. The lone cover is the album closer, a spine-tingling version of Stevie Wonder's 'Jesus Children of America' by vocalist Lalah Hathaway that also features a poignant spoken word tribute to the 20 young victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting by poet Malcolm-Jamal Warner.