MUSIC REVIEW: Robert Glasper

Canvas Blue Note
Music •••½ Sound ••••
The Blue Note debut (and second CD) of 27-year-old jazz pianist Robert Glasper is mostly a trio set that showcases a style ranging from impressionistic swing ("Portrait of an Angel," "Centelude") to a more aggressive attack ("Jelly's Da Beener"). Herbie Hancock is an obvious improvisational influence, but 9 of the 10 tracks here are original compositions, with their own personal rhythmic complexity. And the trio interplay is exemplary, with special mention going to drummer Damion Reid's nonstop inventiveness.
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