Levels (Live At Capitol Studios / 2014)
Label: Blue Note (BLU)
Is the pianist aware that the crossover success of his Black Radio series might have some jazz fans questioning his bona fides? For an answer, note that the most adventurous track on this acoustic trio recording is titled "In Case You Forgot." This band, which includes bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid, clearly inspires Glasper, right from the opening heat of "I Don't Even Care." Though Glasper's spoken interludes aren't necessary, his choice of covers -- like Radiohead's "Reckoner," Joni Mitchell's "Barangrill" and Kendrick Lamar's "I'm Dying of Thirst" -- is generally rewarding.