"Afro Blue" by Robert Glasper & Erykah Badu

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I'm a sucker for good jazz - it transports me to summer in Central Park, where saxophonists often play. Robert Glasper's album Black Radio, which was just released today, has a style of jazz that hits a different place without losing any of my respect (and not at all entering "elevator music" territory - important!). It's a little more hip-hop influenced, and nearly every song includes vocals by hip-hop and R&B artists. The highlight is the track "Afro Blue," which features the smooth voice of Erykah Badu. A little less summer-in-the-park, but still equally warm.