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Robert Glasper on BBC 6 with Gilles Peterson

Marc Rosenfeld Antunes
Staff Writer
mra337[at]nyu.edu / @mcrantunes

Robert Glasper’s music is stunning and exciting. And it’s great to see that music catching on above and beyond jazz audiences, with high standings on charts outside of jazz. During his stay in London (he played, notably, on the 14th of May at the Barbican and on the 15th at the Village Underground), he stopped by to see BBC Radio 6’s Gilles Peterson, radio DJ and personality associated throughout the 90s with the careers of now legendary acts, perhaps most importantly with Jamiroquai through his label Acid Jazz Records.

You can catch the interview on here and on BBC’s iPlayer (around the second hour of that show). This interview is great because it covers some of the story behind Black Radio, including anecdotes of the involvement of different featured musicians on that album and the history of his relationship with those musicians. But it also goes over some music outside of that album, with tracks by Erykah Badu, Bilal, Mos Def, and some other performances by Glasper.

Robert Glasper seems to have exploded into a more mainstream scene. But I think Glasper wants to make it clear to traditionalists that nothing is taken away from the music. Instead, the hip-hop and soul in his most recent album just makes his music that much richer.

Marc Antunes is a student, writer, and critic. Follow him on Twitter.