In My Element
Texas-born jazz pianist Robert Glasper is an exciting study in contrasts. His compositions are harmonically intricate yet melodious and alluring, and he balances classical-sounding technique with subtle yet definite swing and even includes aspects of hip-hop. Glaspar has performed with an amazing variety of artists, including Carly Simon, Roy Hargrove, and Mos Def. On ELEMENT, his second disc for Blue Note, all these diverse strains come together for a trio session that's quietly challenging, user-friendly, and artistically satisfying.