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.
Hey, remember Robert Glasper Experiment's Black Radio, the best album of 2012? Yeah, that album's awesome. Good times, good times. However, as great as Black Radio is, there's a sprinkling of extra dopeness that the French version of the album got. Give a listen to this bonus track, "Fever", featuring the vocal talents of Hindi Zahra (who also appears on José James' new album, No Beginning, No End which is streaming at NPR now, drops next week, and is produced by Glasper, in case you want to connect the dots).