Jazz pianist and producer Robert Glasper displays the instincts of a scientist, the memory of a historian, but above all, the love and imagination of a hip-hop and jazz aficionado when it comes to creating music. How else does one describe a musician who brings together the works of Herbie Hancock and Radiohead or J Dilla and Thelonious Monk or creates an ode to African-American music like Black Radio, Glasper’s new album?
On his latest project, The Robert Glasper Experiment, Glasper and his backing band (Casey Benjamin, Derrick Hodge, and Chris Dave) approach hip-hop, R&B, soul, funk and rock as fruits of the same tree -- all supported by one trunk made of jazz.
Acclaimed artists from all of these various genres -- including Erykah Badu, yasiin bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and Meshell Ndegeocello -- join in on the experiment and bolster its point to yield fruitful results.
On Monday, The Robert Glasper Experiment performs at The Greene Space with R&B singer and album collaborator Bilal and Canadian rapper and playwright Baba Brinkman, as part of Soundcheck Live at The Greene Space. The Experiment will also hit another local venue, Highline Ballroom, on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
The neo-soul tune “Move Love” from Black Radio, featuring LA-based trio KING, is available to download above. In the video below, watch The Robert Glasper Experiment perform the Nirvana (and Black Radio) song “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”