"The reality is, my people have given the world so many styles of music, so many different styles. So why should I just confine myself to one?" Glasper asks on opening track "This Is Not Fear." ArtScience mines this premise, from the R&B, vocoder-assisted "Thinkin Bout You" to the '80s electro-R&B of "Day to Day." They manage to make yet another cover of the Human League's "Human" not feel too trite, while the sax strains on "No One Like You" feel like an audio caress and the soothing vibes of "Let's Fall in Love" aim for Quiet Storm rotation.
This year has been a busy one for Glasper, having dropped a Miles Davis biopic soundtrack project and album Everything's Beautiful. At this point, Glasper, along with bassist Derrick Hodge, saxophonist Casey Benjamin, and drummer Mark Colenburg, are a well-oiled musical machine. As the Robert Glasper Experience, the quartet embrace jazz as they steer the genre into exciting directions. (Universal/Blue Note)