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Robert Glasper

Hailing from Houston, Texas, Robert Glasper is a jazz pianist with a knack for mellow, harmonically complex compositions that also reveal a subtle hip-hop influence. Inspired to play piano by his mother, a gospel pianist and vocalist, Glasper attended Houston's High School for the Performing Arts. After graduation, he studied music at the New School University in Manhattan, where he found performance work with such luminaries as bassist Christian McBride, saxophonist Kenny Garrett, and others. After graduating college, Glasper worked with a variety of artists, including trumpeter Roy Hargrove, vocalist Carly Simon, and rapper Mos Def. The pianist released his debut album, Mood, on Fresh Sound New Talent in 2004. Canvas and In My Element followed in 2005 and 2007, respectively, on Blue Note Records. In 2009, Glasper released the forward-thinking album Double Booked, which featured a mix of modal post-bop and funky, '80s Herbie Hancock-inspired numbers with two separate bands. The first of these was his trio with drummer Chris Dave and upright bassist Vicente Archer; they recorded five originals and a cover of Thelonious Monk's "Think of One." These tracks were followed by five more originals by his electric band, dubbed the Robert Glasper Experiment, featuring Dave, electric bassist Derrick Hodge, and Casey Benjamin on saxes and vocoder. Three years later, the Robert Glasper Experiment (with a slew of guest vocalists) issued their first stand-alone album, Black Radio, for Blue Note, which sought to blur the boundaries between jazz, hip-hop, R&B, and rock & roll. It entered the jazz chart at number one and went on to win a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. Later in the year, Glasper and Blue Note released Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP. 9th Wonder, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Pete Rock were among those who participated. The following year, the Robert Glasper Experiment (then including Hodge and Benjamin with drummer Mark Colenburg) returned with their equally star-studded sophomore album, Black Radio 2. It also won a Grammy, this time for Best Traditional R&B Performance for a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Jesus Children of America." Glasper returned to his original acoustic piano trio format with bassist Archer and drummer Damion Reid. They cut 2015's Covered live at Capitol Studios in front of an invited audience. The album's pre-release single was a reading of Radiohead's "Reckoner"; it was released in April, followed by the album in June. Glasper also played on Kendrick Lamar's celebrated To Pimp a Butterfly and Maxwell's blackSUMMERS'night. For Don Cheadle's 2016 Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, the pianist curated the soundtrack and wrote original music, which included contributions from Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Gary Clark, Jr. Glasper also recorded Everything's Beautiful, a Davis tribute album in celebration of the trumpeter's 90th birthday. Glasper reimagined classic tracks with an all-star list of collaborators who included Wonder, Muldrow, Erykah Badu, Hiatus Kaiyote, and John Scofield. Featuring the single "Ghetto Walkin'" fronted by Bilal, the album was issued that May. The Robert Glasper Experiment returned to the studio in early 2016 with a different m.o. Instead of working on the pianist's music or covers, the quartet members wrote and arranged together in the studio for the first time. The resulting ArtScience was issued in September after the pre-release singles "Day to Day" and "Thinkin' About You." ~ Matt Collar & Thom Jurek
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Stations Featuring
Robert Glasper

    Modern Jazz

    Modern Jazz
    8 songs

    Smooth Vocals

    Smooth Vocals
    3 songs


    1 song

Albums by
Robert Glasper

Top Songs by
Robert Glasper

  1.   Song
  2.   Ah Yeah featuring Chrisette Michele
  3.   Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) featuring Ledisi
  4.   Good Morning
  5.   The Worst
  6.   Afro Blue by Robert Glasper Experiment
  7.   Violets featuring Miles Davis
  8.   Ah Yeah featuring Chrisette Michele
  9.   F.T.B.
  10.   Yes I'm Country (And That's OK)
  11.   Medley: Maiden Voyage/Everything in Its Right Place
  12.   Right on Brotha featuring Miles Davis
  13.   Milestones featuring Georgia Anne Muldrow
  14.   Calls
  15.   Canvas
  16.   North Portland
  17.   Talking Shit
  18.   Letter to Hermione by Bilal
  19.   One for 'Grew
  20.   Barangrill
  21.   Stella by Starlight
  22.   Riot
  23.   Y'outta Praise Him (Intro)
  24.   For You
  25.   G&B
  26.   Butterfly
  27.   Enoch's Meditation
  28.   Think of One
  29.   Open Mind
  30.   Festival
  31.   Downtime
  32.   59 South
  33.   4eva
  34.   No Worries
  35.   Of Dreams to Come
  36.   Beatrice
  37.   All Matter
  38.   In Your Own Sweet Way
  39.   Monk's Dream
  40.   Rise and Shine
  41.   Jelly's da Beener
  42.   Baby Tonight (Black Radio 2 Theme)/Mic Check 2
  43.   Lift Off/Mic Check featuring Robert Glasper Experiment
  44.   I'm Dying of Thirst
  45.   In Case You Forgot
  46.   Smells Like Teen Spirit by Robert Glasper Experiment
  47.   Portrait of an Angel
  48.   Song for Selim featuring King
  49.   Little Church featuring Hiatus Kaiyote
  50.   Levels
  51.   So Beautiful
  52.   Reckoner
  53.   You Own Me
  54.   What Are We Doing
  55.   Jesus Children
  56.   Yet to Find
  57.   Worries
  58.   Dillalude #2 by Robert Glasper Experiment
  59.   The Consequences of Jealousy by Meshell Ndegeocello
  60.   Intro
  61.   Tribute
  62.   Centelude
  63.   I Remember
  64.   Twice featuring Robert Glasper Experiment
  65.   Silly Rabbit
  66.   Silence Is the Way
  67.   Got Over
  68.   Somebody Else
  69.   I Stand Alone
  70.   J Dillalude
  71.   Violets by Miles Davis
  72.   Why Do We Try featuring Robert Glasper Experiment
  73.   I Don't Even Care
  74.   They Can't Hold Me Down featuring Illa J
  75.   Trust
  76.   Always Shine by Robert Glasper Experiment
  77.   I'm Leaving You featuring John Scofield
  78.   Maiysha (So Long) featuring Erykah Badu
  79.   Ghetto Walkin' featuring Bilal