Pass Or Play: Jill Scott Rocks With The Robert Glasper Experiment On New Single “Calls”

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August 10, 2013 ‐ By Drenna Armstrong
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When Jill Scott “speaks a word” through song, all you need to do is be prepared to receive it.

We recently introduced some of you to the Robert Glasper Experiment, led by jazz pianist Robert Glasper, and told you about Black Radio 2, their new album dropping October 29th. Well, earlier this week, they released the first single, “Calls,” featuring the one and only Jill Scott.

On “Calls” Jill’s voice is powerful yet understated as she sings of a good man that makes her feel loved, secure and happy. In the third verse, she sings:

Even when I’m with my friends at the party

And everybody’s around me

And I feel, still, lonely,

You come to mind I see your eyes

I see that smile

And I’m alright for a little while longer

The chorus is almost haunting as she repeats, “You always my calls when I call…you always come,” making you really feel how much this man means to her. Almost anyone can relate to a song like this: the woman who’s been dating a guy for a short while and is totally “starry-eyed” by him to the woman who has been with her man for years and still gets butterflies when she think of or sees him.

The Experiment’s music really just brings it all together. Thankfully, this is only a radio edit, as Glasper tweeted that the album will have an extended version. By the way, the above picture is a little light but it was taken the actual night of the recording.  Jill is in the center and to her right are drummer John Roberts (who is also her son’s father) and Robert Glasper, respectively.

Get into it…or not! Check it out and let us know what you think!

 

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  • Angela R. Ingram

    She never disappoints. I knew it would be good.

  • Child_Puhleez

    I LOVE this woman’s powerful gift of song & story-telling. She just has this innate ability to transport the listener through her loneliness, longing, fear & humor…. like you’re sitting around chilling with a sista-friend.

    Robert Glasper’s genius is always on time! Ahhhh, this song just saved my day. God continue to bless & increase them both!

  • kwarren78

    I think this song is brilliant! I love how Robert Glasper knows how to bring the best out of the artists that he works with. Whether it’s by letting Jill do what she does best or by pushing artists out of their comfort zones. I can’t wait til the album comes out. I know this song will be on repeat. Just look and what he and Lala Hathaway did with “Cherish the day” on his last album. Glasper is a genius!

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