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JazzTimes 10: Essential Albums of the 2000s

A look back at a diverse decade, featuring Joshua Redman, Cassandra Wilson, Maria Schneider, and more

Allégresse by Maria Schneider
Allégresse by Maria Schneider

Robert Glasper: In My Element (Blue Note, 2007)

Houston-born pianist Robert Glasper deepens the link between jazz and hip-hop on his aptly titled second album for Blue Note. Glasper established himself here as enviably conversant in the jazz piano vernacular, with a fleet-fingered style all his own, while also giving the nod—presciently, it turns out—to J Dilla, the hip-hop producer who died in 2006 and has influenced a generation of young jazz musicians. This album, which features bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid, and includes a tune called “J Dillalude,” bore out that connection early.

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Matthew Kassel

Matthew Kassel is a freelance writer whose work has been published by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, and The Columbia Journalism Review, among other publications.