Back in 2011, Jason Moran and Robert Glasper got together for a ridiculously good jam session with Alan Hampton, Mark Kelley, Chris Dave, and Eric Harland (!). Recently, this pair of pianists got back together to celebrate Blue Note Records’ 75th anniversary with a piano duet concert.
Moran and Glasper recently got together with Josh Jackson from WBGO’s The Checkout to talk about the history of Blue Note Records, their styles on the piano, and of course to play a piano duet. You’ll definitely want to drop what you’re doing to listen to this. Check it out here.
Robert Glasper has performed under various different monikers - The Robert Glasper Trio is Glasper’s acoustic side, while The Robert Glasper Experiment is his outlet for electronic keyboards and jazz that is heavily influenced by R&B and often features singers or rappers. Somewhat confusingly, Glasper brought a trio to NPR’s Tiny Desk studios to play a concert as the Robert Glasper Experiment. Don’t let the names confuse you. Glasper, drummer Mark Colenburg, and bassist Derrick Hodge played a three-song set, the first of which (“Trust”) also featured Marsha Ambrosius (formerly of the R&B duo Floetry) on vocals. Be sure to check out the ill improvisation starting around 9:00 in the video after the jump:
As the October 28th release date of Robert Glasper Experiment's Black Radio 2 draws nearer, the singles keep on coming. The group just released their third single from the album, "Let It Ride", co-written with Muhsinah and featuring Norah Jones on vocals with a sound that's as close to her early days in New York City over a decade ago as ever. Seriously, if you've ever had a hankering for some early '00s Wax Poetic, this tune hits squarely in the pocket. It's also one of the jazzier tunes from Glasper's upcoming album that's taking this R&B sound and running headlong into it. Check out the track before (on repeat even, it's that dope) and make sure to cop it on iTunes.
It's been a little over a year since the Robert Glasper Experiment's Black Radio won over jazz, R&B, hip hop, and music fans in general the world over, winning the Grammy for Best R&B album. A follow up in the same vein was bound to happen and from the looks of things, Black Radio 2, will be better than ever. The upcoming album, out October 29th, will features more original songs ( this album only has one cover) and a slight change-up in the line up of Glasper on keys, Derrick Hodge on bass, Casey Benjamin on vocoder and saxophone, and Mark Colenburg on drums (who often plays with the group in live settings and will be taking the place of Chris "Daddy" Dave on this release). Check out more info, the tracklist, and a stream of "Calls" featuring Jill Scott after the jump.