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Stephan Oliva

Jazz - Released November 10, 2005 | La Buissonne

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Emile Parisien Quartet

Jazz - Released April 13, 2009 | Laborie Classique

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Emile Parisien Quartet

Contemporary Jazz - Released April 2, 2009 | Laborie Jazz

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Cassol: Pitié

Fabrizio Cassol

Classical - Released February 5, 2008 | Cypres

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Amazir

Aka Moon

Jazz - Released December 4, 2006 | Cypres

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Shine Ball

Gordon Johnson

Jazz - Released December 27, 2004 | Fresh Sound Records

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Live in Barcelona

Chris Cheek

Jazz - Released November 12, 2004 | Fresh Sound Records

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Fear of Roaming

Sangha Quartet

Jazz - Released February 16, 2003 | Fresh Sound Records

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Mood

Bob Hurst

Jazz - Released January 1, 2002 | Fresh Sound Records

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Robert Glasper's debut as a leader displays his immense talent in full force as a legitimate original modern jazz voice. The majority of selections are with a trio, perfectly suiting his inclination to improvise, and hints at the hip-hop rhythms of his generation. The clear highlight is his bomb virtuosic interpretation of "Blue Skies." Ideas flow into infinity, he's insanely inspired, with bright melodies bursting like a supernova. He uses chord substitutions liberally and during an unaccompanied bridge, his emotions burn at length. He extrapolates on four notes to a millionth degree for the original "'Lil Tipsy," varying tempos, sometimes dizzying, in measures of four and six. "In Passing" is another original composition, a sweet waltz displaying a fine original melody with elements recalling McCoy Tyner. Vocalist Bilal is on the mystery train for the 12/8 modal ritual, invocation, spiritual, quite different take on "Maiden Voyage," which identifies Glasper's overall sound as reverent, pastoral, and challenging. In addition, there's the stripped and deconstructed version of "Alone Together," and two quintet tracks, with twin tenor saxes for the hard bop number "L.N.K. Blues," and the serene, beautiful title cut with tenor and guitar. The interplay between Glasper and bassist Bob Hurst should be simpatico and it is, they've played together a lot, while Damion Reid more than holds up his end on drums in a sensitive manner. All in all, a fine first offering with loads of potential. In a way, Glasper is in many ways reinventing the piano trio aesthetic, and time will tell whether it wears well and progresses. © Michael G. Nastos /TiVo