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Music, Fri 18 Nov 2016

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Breakthrough success can often be a tough act to follow. But with a little help from some notable friends, Robert Glasper Experiment is set to up the ante with the follow-up to his successful GRAMMY-winning album *Black Radio*. Flaunting a diverse array of featured guests including Common, Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, Brandy, Jill Scott, Dwele, Marsha Ambrosius, Anthony Hamilton, Faith Evans, Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Luke James, Emeli Sandé, Lalah Hathaway, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner, *Black Radio 2* is certain to surprise and delight critics and fans alike. With a unique fusion of R&B, jazz, and hip-hop that brazenly traverses the boundaries of all three genres, *Black Radio 2* finds Glasper and his musical cohorts creating in a vibrant new chasm, brilliantly contrasting its predecessor in the process.

With an impressive wealth of experience and talent, it was only a matter of time before he’d become an artist in his own right. That same year, he released his debut album *Mood *on Fresh Sound Records. Blue Note signed Glasper soon after and released his label debut *Canvas* (2005), followed by *In My Element* (2007) and *Double-Booked* (2009) -- his first GRAMMY-nominated effort which juxtaposed his acoustic Trio with the electric Experiment band. While those albums were primarily rooted in jazz, he made certain to sprinkle his other musical influences into the stew. But in 2012, he decided it was time to serve the full main course. Glasper’s *Black Radio* was released that year to a maelstrom of critical acclaim. Featuring the likes of Erykah Badu, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi, Meshell Ndegeocello, and yasiin bey, the album was cultivated via a series of jam sessions with artists from varying genres whom Glasper formed alliances with during his time in the music industry. 'Everybody just came to the studio and we did stuff on the spot,' he says. 'That was the vibe. I wasn’t thinking R&B.'

*Black Radio* was heralded by media outlets such as *Rolling Stone*, who wrote 'Glasper heads down the fraught path of hip-hop jazz and gets it right,' adding 'with music this smart and inviting, the implied diss of mainstream doesn’t feel like sour grapes; it feels like a blueprint forward.' The lead single Ah Yeah with Chrisette Michele and Musiq Soulchild landed on radio playlists nationwide, and TV appearances on *Late Show With David Letterman*, *Tonight Show With Jay Leno* and *Late Night With Jimmy Fallon* followed. But when *Black Radio* took home the award for Best R&B Album at the 2013 GRAMMY Awards, there was no doubt that all eyes were on Glasper and his band of musical brothers.

In the wake of the GRAMMY win, offers to collaborate were abundant and bountiful. This withstanding, Glasper chose to curate his next aural exhibit more keenly to achieve a specifically desired effect. '*Black Radio* got so much love from the R&B world, so I made a conscious decision to concentrate a bit more on songs for this record,' he says of the anomalous coup. With that, Glasper set out to focus on R&B song structure that complimented his jazz pianist chops as well as that of the rest of Robert Glasper Experiment -- Casey Benjamin (saxophone/vocoder), Derrick Hodge (bass), and Mark Colenburg (drums).

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Fri 18 Nov 2016

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    50 Ferensway,
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    Map reference: TA 091290  Lat: 53.74624 Long: -0.34641

    By Road:
    Turn onto the A63 at jct 38 of the M62 travelling East into Hull. Once on the A63 you will go under the Humber Bridge and you are about 5 miles away. As you approach the city centre you will come past The Junction Retail Park on your right. Ignore the exit marked for the ring road, yours is the next one signed for local traffic/infirmary. Come off to the left and follow the exit road round until you come to a large-ish roundabout. Take the second exit off the roundabout following signs for

    By Public Transport:
    Hull Truck is a two minute walk from Paragon Interchange in Hull City Centre. Walk towards St. Stephen's Shopping Centre across the road keep walking straight passed and you will see Hull Truck Theatre.

    Parking is available in St Stephen's Shopping Centre for £1 after 6pm. Please check prices before 6pm.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Paragon Interchange station


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