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Contemporary Jazz - Released January 1, 2014 | Abalone Productions

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Jazz - Released February 26, 2016 | ECM

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Jazz - Released January 8, 2016 | ECM

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Jazz - Released June 16, 2015 | Blue Note (BLU)

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Four months after winning his second Grammy Award in the R&B category for Black Radio 2, pianist Robert Glasper re-assembles the acoustic jazz trio that played on his first two Blue Note recordings. Bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid assist the pianist in a live audience recording from Capitol's famed Studio A. Covered is far from a return to an acoustic piano trio for Glasper. Instead, it's an acoustic approach to the directions he employed on his early Blue Note dates, and the R&B and hip-hop engagements on Black Radio. With the redo of "I Don't Even Care," Black Radio 2 commences with a nearly elliptical air, but Reid's skittering snare creates a dance rhythm while Archer's bassline plays the changes and tastefully fills Glasper's ever widening melodic circle. With post-bop flourishes, he nonetheless remains close to the harmonic center, uncovering its richness in the process. The rhythm section's intro to Radiohead's "Reckoner" is lithe and almost funky before Glasper uses the melody's limited palette as a circular, restrained, yet emotionally moving exploration of its possibilities. The album's centerpiece is the 13-minute "In Case You Forgot." It begins with a knotty, angular solo piano intro (check "Silly Rabbit" from 2007's In My Element), with single-note syncopations and mid-register arpeggios cascading around a four-note bassline with classical embellishments. When the rhythm section enters, they weave jazz standards and modern pop songs together -- from Freddie Hubbard's "Up Jumped Spring" and Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" to Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me," among others -- with sharp, sudden cuts from Glasper before they all climb headlong into their own sprint. Scattered throughout the set is Glasper's sincere but wry dialogue with his audience. A considerable strength from the trio is their ability to translate the appeal of neo-soul ballads such as Musiq (Soulchild)'s "So Beautiful," Jhené Aiko's "The Worst," and Bilal's "Levels" as jazz, even equating them with standards. An example is "Stella by Starlight," whose canny arrangement simultaneously celebrates, decodes, and cracks open Bill Evans' lyricism atop triple-timed brushed snare -- think drum'n'bass -- and a bumping bassline. Harry Belafonte delivers an earnest, grainy, proud and poignant spoken word appearance on "Got Over." Set closer "I'm Dying of Thirst" offers a shadowy melody to a Latin-tinged tom-tom and bass groove as a children's chorus recites the names of African-Americans shot by police; it results in a statement of dignity and self-determination. Glasper's piano alternates between contemplative vamp and haunting elegy before it whispers to a finish. Covered may be a return to the acoustic piano trio, but cedes none of the ground gained by the Black Radio albums. This is Glasper refusing to be reined in by any format or artistic desire but his own. This set is welcoming, open, and warm: it invites fans of all of his musical pursuits along for the ride. ~ Thom Jurek
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Jazz - Released June 1, 2015 | La Buissonne

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Vocal Jazz - Released June 1, 2015 | Decca (UMO)

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Vocal Jazz - Released June 1, 2015 | Decca (UMO)

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Jazz - Released May 26, 2015 | Nonesuch

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Jazz - Released May 25, 2015 | Sunnyside

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Contemporary Jazz - Released May 19, 2015 | Bonsaï Music

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Contemporary Jazz - Released May 18, 2015 | Gaya Music Production

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Jazz - Released May 11, 2015 | Promise Land

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Jazz - Released May 4, 2015 | jazz&people

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Jazz - Released May 8, 2015 | ECM

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Contemporary Jazz - Released April 27, 2015 | Onjazz Records

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Jazz - Released April 17, 2015 | Deutsche Grammophon ECM

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Jazz - Released April 17, 2015 | Deutsche Grammophon ECM

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When Tim Berne recorded with Snakeoil for ECM in 2012, it marked the debut of a new working band and his first studio album in a decade. With Oscar Noriega on clarinets, pianist Matt Mitchell, and drummer Ches Smith, Berne was able to extend the horizons in his compositions. While conversational intrigue, fiery improvisation, knotty counterpoint, and wildly varying dynamics had long been part of his aesthetic, they found a fluid yet immediate language on 2013's Shadow Man. That quartet has become a quintet with the addition of guitarist Ryan Ferreira on You've Been Watching Me (produced by David Torn). If you're thinking of this as a direct link to his Bloodcount group that added guitarist Marc Ducret, you're only partially right. Ferreira adds not just firepower, but a unique ability to explore texture and space. Four of the album's seven pieces are over ten minutes. Opener "Lost in Redding" commences with an avant-prog-like intro as harmonic cadences are woven together almost knot-like. Ferreira and his distortion boxes cut loose before restrained clarinet and saxophone skeins give way to a gorgeous Mitchell solo. There isn't anything "small" about "Small World in a Small Town." Over 18 minutes long, its first five-and-a-half are a duet between Berne and Mitchell that begins elliptically but gathers force and labyrinthine dimensions before the rest of the band enters. Ferreira's guitar is another lyric instrument in an expansive, contrapuntal study that opens on to a spacious yet at times sparse sonic vista. Noriega's clarinet solo is lovely before the band re-enters in a bluesy, steam-gathering waltz. "Embraceable Me" has a chamber ensemble's intimacy, albeit one where Smith's use of vibes is as poignant as it is illustrative, and it holds down its angular lyric line. It maintains that feel even when the dynamic increases with Noriega (on sax) and Ferreira adding cadenza-like extensions before dialoguing in jagged yet precise counterpoint and then shifting toward a thematic five-note pulse (Mitchell) as Ferreira, Noriega, and Berne add tonal color and breadth before introducing another complex harmonic line with the guitarist taking it out. Most of "Semi-Self Detached"'s ten-plus minutes is made up of long languorous spaces, ambient textures, and melodic suggestions that give way to a blistering free alto saxophone solo, cracking clattering drums, majestic piano, and precise, gear-like lyricism at its nadir. "False Impressions" features frenetic, unmistakably swinging conversations between Berne and Noriega in the tune's head (with hints of Julius Hemphill's influence). Mitchell places a percussive, tangled melodic frame as Smith adds dimension on vibes and Ferreira's distorted guitar lines soar atop. Even the long, shapeshifting, textural digression in the center is focused, smart, and full of surprises. You've Been Watching Me is the most structured record from Snakeoil as well as the most varied. The band's language has expanded with the addition of Ferreira, yet it's more intuitive -- where the space and complexity are different shades in the face of beauty. ~ Thom Jurek
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Jazz - Released April 17, 2015 | Deutsche Grammophon ECM

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Jazz - Released April 10, 2015 | Okeh

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Jazz - Released April 10, 2015 | Okeh

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