Since arriving in New York almost ten years ago, Robert Glasper has crafted a career out of seemingly diverse interests and influences. Highly regarded for his piano trio jazz work, Glasper gets just as many calls from hip-hop artists looking for his energizing backup work. He works so much in New York that he sometimes has two gigs in one night: a jazz show in the evening and a hip-hop show later that night. Such nights were the inspiration behind the name of his latest album, Double Booked, which is half acoustic and half electric.
Glasper’s first album, Mood, was released by Fresh Sound New Talent in 2004, after the pianist’s stints playing in bands with guitarists Russell Malone and Mark Whitfield, bassist Christian McBride, and trumpeters Terence Blanchard (Bounce) and Roy Hargrove.
He has worked with Bilal and Mos Def as musical director, Q-Tip (The Renaissance), Kanye West (Late Registration), Meshell Ndegeocello (The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams), J Dilla, Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Common, Slum Village and Maxwell, with whom he toured extensively on 2009’s BLACKsummers’night tour.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Robert Glasper speaks hip-hop, bebop, classical and pop… accessible melodies, tumultuous beats and bright lyricism tend to recall modern jazz icons like Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.” -People
“Glasper unfailingly gets the feeling right. His music is guided by an elegant evocation of the emotion in the song… direct, forceful, inventive, and accessible without pandering.” – NEW YORK MAGAZINE
“[Glasper’s] trio deserves comparison with the best of the newer piano trios, those led by Jason Moran, Bill Charlap and Brad Mehldau… his group has its own crisp, skittering cooperation, with hip hop in its bounce.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES