Robert Glasper: Jelly's Da Beaner

Track

Jelly's Da Beaner

Artist

Robert Glasper (piano)

CD

Canvas (Blue Note)

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Musicians:

Robert Glasper (piano), Vicente Archer (bass), Damion Reed (drums).

Composed by Robert Glasper

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Recorded: May 13-25, 2005

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Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

On his major label debut for Blue Note Records, the then 27 year old Robert Glasper was an up and coming star in the jazz world. Having played with Christian McBride and Cassandra Wilson, Glasper's chops and playing were already fully developed by the time he recorded this album in early 2005. Joined by bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reed, the trio run laps around this light, swinging Latin song. Glasper is one of my favorite piano players out right now and there are several reasons why. First, his melodic explorations always leave me on the edge of my seat and secondly he is very good at mixing the styles of Herbie Hancock and others while combining them with his own personal style.

Damion Reid plays a nice drum solo later in the song over a solid ostinato figure played by Glasper and Archer. It remains to be seen where Glasper will be in ten years but I have a feeling he'll be exactly where he wants to be. Composing and playing jazz music with just as much passion and flavor as he brings to hip-hop and R&B. Go buy this CD if you don't already own it.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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