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Robert Glasper takes the time-honored jazz piano trio format and subtly but surely steers it in new directions, injecting hip-hop, R&B, and even alt-rock into his post-bop brew in a consistently seamless way. His salute to late producer J Dilla on “J Dillalude” mates expansive, impressionistic harmonies with a syncopated, hip-hop-informed underpinning. He could be Keith Jarrett’s second coming on a medley of Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage” and Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place.” And his interplay with his rhythm section throughout is nothing short of telepathic.

Biography

Born: April 5, 1978 in Houston, TX

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Hailing from Houston, Texas, Robert Glasper is a jazz pianist with a knack for mellow, harmonically complex compositions that also reveal a subtle hip-hop influence. Inspired to play piano by his mother, a gospel pianist and vocalist, Glasper attended Houston's High School for the Performing Arts. After graduation, he studied music at the New School University in Manhattan, where he found performance work with such luminaries as bassist Christian McBride, saxophonist Kenny Garrett, and others. After...
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In My Element, Robert Glasper
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Mainstream Jazz
  • Released: Mar 13, 2007

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