Robert Glasper: Riot




Robert Glasper (piano)


Canvas (Blue Note 77130)

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Robert Glasper (piano), Bilal (vocals), Mark Turner (tenor sax), Vicente Archer (bass), Damion Reed (drums).

Composed by Herbie Hancock


Recorded: New York, May 13-25, 2005

Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Robert Glasperís reputation as an entertaining character is earned yet again in his performance of Herbie Hancockís "Riot," featured on Glasperís 2005 release, Canvas. For most of the album, Glasper presents his originals in a trio format. Here, however, he adds saxophonist Mark Turner, whose lush sounds and springboard rhythms match Glasperís vibe well. While preserving the spirit of the original, the musicians act as Herbie might have when he was a young musician in Milesí group, transitioning effortlessly between different tempos and moods. In short, the track earns its title.

Reviewer: Dane Orr

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