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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:

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Robert Glasper Experiment - "Let It Ride" feat. Norah Jones (Stream)

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

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.