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Robert Glasper

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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
    6 songs

    Neo-Soul

    Neo-Soul
    1 song

Albums by
Robert Glasper

Top Songs by
Robert Glasper

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