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Robert Glasper Experiment - "I Stand Alone" feat. Common & Patrick Stump (Video)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Around this time last year, pianist Robert Glasper and his experiment of Casey Benjamin on saxophone & vocoder, Derrick Hodge on bass, and Mark Colenburg on percussion released Black Radio 2, the follow-up album to the previous year's Black Radio, this time more pointed in an R&B direction and still evoking the flames Glasper's fans have come to expect from him in his various musical directions. Now a year later, Glasper just released the video for Black Radio 2's first single, "I Stand Alone", featuring verses from Common and a catchy hooking featuring Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump. It's a very well crafted video, with a cool, fuzzy, colorful style to it and filled with special guests like Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Ma Dukes, Dave Chappelle, and many others. Check out the video after the jump.

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Daniel Freedman's "All Brothers" and Robert Glasper's "G&B"

Ben Gray
Contributing Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

This time around I'll look at a few different versions of some contemporary tunes, rather than older tunes. The first tune I'll look at is Daniel Freedman's "All Brothers," off of Freedman's excellent 2012 album Bamako by Bus.

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Robert Glasper Experiment at Louisville Palace, April 26, 2014 (Stream)

Ben Gray
Contributing Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

Funk It Blog is back at it, with another great live recording. This time around, it's the Robert Glasper Experiment's April 26 show at the Louisville Palace. Robert Glasper, Casey Benjamin, Derrick Hodge, and Mark Colenburg played this past Saturday, April 26, and recordings of the show are available at Funk It Blog. The group played some tunes from Black Radio 2 and a few tunes that aren't available on any of their albums. The group was opening up for Ledesi, and Glasper sat in with her to play "Gonna Be Alright." Check out a couple of audio streams after the jump.

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Robert Glasper and Jason Moran on WBGO

Ben Gray
Contributing Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

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.

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Robert Glasper Experiment's Tiny Desk Concert (Video)

Ben Gray
Contributing Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

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: