For Glasper’s 2004 debut album, he brought in Hurst and Reid, this giving the recording a secure base from which to develop a pleasing set. Although rooted in the jazz piano tradition of musicians such as Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, Glasper brings to his playing elements of the hip-hop and alternative rock music that surrounded him as a child. He continued to work with Bilal thus adding yet another layer. The manner in which Glasper has developed a broad repertoire that appeals to a wider audience than is usual for a jazz pianist of his generation made him a potentially high profile artist and he attracted the attention of Blue Note Records. Signed by the label in 2005, Glasper took the opportunity of his second album to put on display his composing skills. On this set, with the piano-bass-drums format expanded on occasion by Bilal and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, Glasper ranged through the many styles that form his musical background.