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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
    8 songs

    Smooth Vocals

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