Double-Booked (out August 25) is Robert Glasper‘s third album for Blue Note, following up Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007).
The 32-year-old Houston native, who “unfailingly gets the feeling right” (New York Magazine), has made waves throughout the music world as leader of both the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio and the electric, hip-hop-oriented Robert Glasper Experiment. Double-Booked, which is split into two sections, reflects both sides of the pianist’s mental states.
The Trio portion contains an astonishing treatment of Thelonious Monk’s “Think of One,” quoting Ahmad Jamal’s “Swahililand” (the chord progression that formed the basis of De La Soul’s 1996 hip-hop classic “Stakes Is High”). On the hip hop half, “Butterfly” is originally from Thrust, Herbie Hancock’s 1974 landmark album, heightened by vocoder effects and a J Dilla beat called “F— the Police,” while the penultimate track “All Matter” is a striking, unclassifiable original by vocalist Bilal Oliver.