Robert Glasper: Beatrice
Robert Glasper (piano)
In My Element (Blue Note 78111)
Robert Glasper (piano),
Vicente Archer (bass), Damion Reed (drums).
Composed by Sam Rivers.
Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, September-November 2006
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
Robert Glasper continues to prove himself as a leader in this odd-metered Sam Rivers tune. Glasper's statement of the head is accompanied by Vicente Archer's simple bassline and Damion Reed's very tasteful brush work. Most evident on this track is just how tight this trio is. As Archer takes a very rhythmic bass solo, Reed and Glasper still maintain an unwavering sense of time, making a normally awkward meter feel fluid and natural.
When Glasper takes control, Reed reaches for his sticks and the trio crescendos together. The young pianist's improvisation is rarely flashy. Instead, he focuses on forming beautiful, melodic lines as he leads the trio in a rise and fall of energy. Glasper has already demonstrated his speed and facility on other recordings. Here he proves that the beauty in his playing lies not in technical prowess, but in the ability to carry the listener with him as he explores unique harmonic and rhythmic possibilities.
Reviewer: Greg Marchand