Homecoming I: Robert Glasper
Since his first appearance on the Da Camera jazz series in 2006, Houston native and HSPVA grad Robert Glasper has become one of the most influential and busiest figures in jazz. He has worked as music director for Mos Def and Bilal, hit the studio with Q-Tip, Kanye West, and Erykah Badu, done a world tour with Maxwell, and scored Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead film, all while releasing jazz recordings that have drawn steady acclaim. His worlds merged on the Robert Glasper Experiment albums, Black Radio and Black Radio 2. On its latest release, ArtScience, the Experiment sounds like a bit of everything that’s vibrant and challenging and great about music woven into a billowing fabric of jazz, funk, soul, rock, hip-hop, blues, disco, electronic and pop.
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“Robert Glasper Experiment specializes in deep, immersive grooves, nourished as much by hip-hop and R&B as any known species of jazz.” – The New York Times
“deeply soulful, emphasizing vibe over show-offy virtuosity.” — JazzTimes