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  • Summary: The debut full-length release inspired by Nina Simone for the group formed by Robert Glasper includes Derrick Hodge, Terrace Martin, Taylor McFerrin, Christian Scott, and Justin Tyson with guest appearances from Goapele, Omari Hardwick, and DJ Jahi Sundance.
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  • Record Label: Blue Note
  • Genre(s): Jazz, R&B, Jazz Instrument, Modern Creative, Post-Bop, Alternative R&B, Electric Jazz
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  1. The Wire
    Jul 13, 2018
    Right at the top of “Change Of Tone” there’s a fragment of studio chuckle that underlines just how remarkably spontaneous and unfussed this genre-messing project really is. There are long, slow passages of astral funk, MC’d by Terrace Martin’s vocoder and guest vocal murmurings, but also moments of much darker jazz futurism, elements of freedom (like the bizarre guess-the-nextnote piano fill under the PM Dawn-like “Awake To You”) and further elements of verité and concrete. [Jul 2018, p.57]
  2. Jun 25, 2018
    None of these more pointedly thought-provoking [spoken word] additions detract from the overall flow of the album, and instead add to the overarching vibe of open-minded creativity, love, and empowerment.
  3. Mojo
    Jun 25, 2018
    The pace occasionally saunters, but this is an ultimately positive exercise in the group's titular "reflection and response." [Aug 2018, p.95]
  4. Jun 25, 2018
    While the album’s open-endedness largely works to its benefit, Collagically Speaking occasionally meanders.
  5. Jun 25, 2018
    Singing, rapping and spoken-word float through these tracks, as do soulful improvs from Adjuah, Glasper and others, but what lingers is the overall aura: a no-seams-showing blend of jazz, R&B and hip-hop, with a spontaneous "3 a.m. in the studio" feel.
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  1. Jul 22, 2018
    A very solid album with a great fusion of jazz, hip hop and funk, Im looking forward to what they put out next