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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. In 2012, the Robert Glasper Experiment (with a slew of all-star 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 charts 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. In 2013, the Robert Glasper Experiment (now 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 the 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 and followed by the album in June. ~ Matt Collar & Thom Jurek
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Stations Featuring
Robert Glasper

    Modern Jazz

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