Released On: Feb 28, 2012
Released By: Blue Note
Black Radio boldly stakes out new musical territory and transcends any notion of genre, drawing from jazz, hip-hop, R&B and rock. Like an aircraft's black box for which the album is titled, Black Radio holds the truth and is indestructible. Rapper yasiin bey (Mos Def) illuminates that metaphor on the title track.
Featuring Glasper on piano and Fender Rhodes, Casey Benjamin on vocoder and saxophone, Derrick Hodge on electric bass, and Chris Dave on drums, the band is plugged in and open source. Each of the band members is prodigiously talented and lives naturally in multiple musical worlds, distilling countless influences into a singular voice. "That's what makes this band unique," says Glasper. "We can go anywhere, literally anywhere, we want to go. We all have musical ADD and we love it."
Black Radio also features many of Glasper's famous friends, including Erykah Badu, yasiin bey, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra), KING, Ledisi, Meshell Ndegeocello, Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, and Stokley Williams (Mint Condition).