Master songsmith Robert Glasper and his excellent band Robert Glasper Experiment are back, teasing us with new music in the form of a new single featuring the indomitable Jill Scott! “Calls” is the first official release from his upcoming sequel Black Radio 2.
Out October 29th, Black Radio 2 is sure to be another lush traipse through the music mind of Glasper, and I for one will be purchasing my ticket for that trip. And of course, anything with Jill Scott on it is a win — however, is “Calls” a first “single”? Not in the mainstream sense. However, Glasper, while a breakout jazz artist who has embraced and edged on the mainstream on many occasions, is not a “mainstream” artist. That leaves fans of his very dialed in musically, and this will definitely cater to pre-existing Glasper fans.
“Calls” is a great song in any case, and if this is a glimpse into what Glasper’s experiments in the lab are, we’re in for another solid musical treat. Hopefully future singles or sneak peeks will show some growth and expansion of Glasper’s sound on the last album. I’m dialed in however to anything Glasper puts out. If you haven’t seen him live, you are seriously missing a treat, by the way.