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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 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, followed by the album in June. Glasper also played on Kendrick Lamar's celebrated To Pimp a Butterfly. 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 that included Wonder, Muldrow, Erykah Badu, Hiatus Kaiyote, and John Scofield. Featuring the single "Ghetto Walkin,'" fronted by Bilal, the album was issued that May. ~ 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.   Black Radio featuring Mos Def
  4.   Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) featuring Ledisi
  5.   The Worst
  6.   Good Morning
  7.   Afro Blue by Robert Glasper Experiment
  8.   F.T.B.
  9.   Yes I'm Country (And That's OK)
  10.   Ah Yeah featuring Chrisette Michele
  11.   Stella by Starlight
  12.   Barangrill
  13.   Beatrice
  14.   Medley: Maiden Voyage/Everything in Its Right Place
  15.   59 South
  16.   Y'outta Praise Him (Intro)
  17.   Butterfly
  18.   Move Love featuring King
  19.   Cherish the Day featuring Lalah Hathaway
  20.   Calls
  21.   Levels
  22.   North Portland
  23.   One for 'Grew
  24.   Reckoner
  25.   Letter to Hermione by Bilal
  26.   Canvas
  27.   4eva
  28.   For You
  29.   Downtime
  30.   Riot
  31.   Think of One
  32.   Open Mind
  33.   No Worries
  34.   All Matter
  35.   Of Dreams to Come
  36.   Festival
  37.   G&B
  38.   Monk's Dream
  39.   In Your Own Sweet Way
  40.   Enoch's Meditation
  41.   Rise and Shine
  42.   Why Do We Try featuring Robert Glasper Experiment
  43.   So Beautiful
  44.   Letter to Hermione featuring Bilal
  45.   L.N.K. Blues featuring John Ellis
  46.   Trust
  47.   Let It Ride
  48.   The Consequences of Jealousy by Meshell Ndegeocello
  49.   I Don't Even Care
  50.   Centelude
  51.   I'm Dying of Thirst
  52.   Somebody Else
  53.   You Own Me