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Glasper’s mission statement comes second track in, with Dr. Cornell West’s voiceover “We should all be unsatisfied with mimicking the popular”.

Glasper’s vision is certainly populist – not much improv and each track features a different vocalist and/or MC – but his distinctive keyboards and grasp of current hip-hop/R&B ensure mimicry is held firmly in check.

Siren voices and jazz harmonies, snippets of philosophy and canny, underground beats complete the Glasper sound; Jill Scott, Emeli Sandé and Common among those falling under its spell.

Robert Glasper Experiment

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(Blue Note)

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