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Glasper, Robert / In My Element
Album:In My Element Collection:Jazz
Artist:Glasper, Robert Added:Jun 2007
Label:Blue Note 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2007-06-17 Pull Date:2007-08-19 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Aug 5Jul 29Jul 8Jul 1Jun 24

 Recent Airplay
1.Jun 10, 2015:The Changing Same
G & B
4.Jul 26, 2007:Rocky Johnson
G & B
2.Jul 29, 2007:Transmission Overload
G & B
5.Jul 06, 2007:No Cover, No Minimum
3.Jul 27, 2007:No Cover, No Minimum
6.Jun 25, 2007:Messages in your brain
G & B

Album Review
Reviewed 2007-06-13 
Blue Note, 2007

Mainstream but forward-thinking jazz piano trio. Most tunes start off with a mellow, soulfully “contemporary” vibe, but on some tracks (1, 6, 9) that’s just a launching pad for Glasper’s rapid-fire, staccato soloing. Other tracks are content to just lay back and chill…

WARNING: Most tracks drop out a minute (or two) before the end, followed by silence and then a rhythmic interlude.

Fo’s Picks: 1, 2, 6, 9, 11

1. 8:29 – quick burner, simple melody, great piano solo (and dig the drums!)
2. 8:11 – gently rolling, fast for ballad, pretty melody, lyrical piano/bass solos
3. 5:57 – chill soul-jazz with a hip-hop touch to the beat, some lush breaks
4. 3:35 – solo piano, a composite of several gospel themes
5. 6:46 – upbeat, gospel-inflected jazz; pretty piano… aggressive coda
6. 8:56 – modern standard, relaxed against quick rhythm, nice bass solo
7. 8:43 – Herbie Hancock/Radiohead mash-up w/cool solos, shifting energy
8. 4:26 – phone msg, then a set of brief hip-hop style grooves (“sample me!”)
9. 7:20 – squirrelly piano over quick, low bass & drums + some boppish runs
10. 6:33 – relaxed & soulful with a Latin rhythm, rhapsodic piano solo
11. 3:43 – stirring ballad, with excerpts from an amazing eulogy for Glasper’s mom, a singer who was murdered in 2004. This made me cry.

[ Fo ] 13-Jun-07

Track Listing
1.G & B 6.Beatrice
2.Of Dreams To Come 7.Maiden Voyage / Everything In Its Right Place
3.F.T.B. 8.J Dillalude
4.Y'outta Praise Him (Intro) 9.Silly Rabbit
5.Y'outta Praise Him 10.One For 'Grew