April 7, 2012

V4YS Concert Review - Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Bilal & Hindi Zahra - Live at Le Trianon Paris, 060412

Casey Benjamin, 060412, Paris

Revisiting live with a spicy nu-jazz flava sounds from John Coltrane, Jay Dilla or Nirvana may look like a real challenge.

Not for pianist Robert Glasper who has accustomed us to do just that for the last 4 or 5 years and who did it again brillantly yesterday night in Paris where he and his crew from  the Experiment were stopping to present on stage their new LP Black Radio (which by the way is my favorite record of 2012 so far).


Mark Colenburg


Supported by the remarkable Derrick Hodge on bass and Casey Benjamin on vocoder/sax, he was for once not joined by drums genious Chris Dave, who was nevertheless brillantly replaced by Mark Colenburg, who added a great personal touch with a few digital drumming effects on top of his regular jazz/hip-hop drums.




Bilal
Alternating on the vocals with Casey Benjamin's always stunning vocoder-singing was special guest Bilal, who performed the sweet Letter To Hermione a cover from David Bowie featuring on Black Radio, as well as his own hit All Matter and Jay Dilla's classic track Reminisce.

Until that point nothing everything was cool but nothing was really new either for any regular fan of the Glasper's crew live acts.



Hindi Zahra



The real "nu-thrill" actually started when french/moroccan singer Hindi Zahra (known for her great first LP Handmade as well as her collaborations with Blundetto and probably soon with José James) came on stage to perform a sublime song titled Fever that I actually had missed at the time of reviewing Black Radio as it only featured as a bonus song on the CD version so not on the digital release.
A moment of pure nu-soul magic as only this band can deliver !







Below a few video extracts from the show : Letter To Hermione (Bowie cover), The Light (Bobby Caldwell / Dilla-Common cover), Fever (thanks to alaindmj for this particular video) as well as a streaming of the studio version of Fever :









Derrick Hodge

















Robert Glasper
















Casey Benjamin






















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