Robert Glasper Experiment
– It’s not like I play jazz, but I also do hip-hop now and then. I’m in it, for real, both sides of the spectrum. A lot of people go in stages. They might focus on trio for a long time and then they change. My thing is both, all the time, pianist Robert Glasper explains his nature as a musician.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Robert Glasper learned to play piano in church doing gospel. His mother, who took him to church, sang jazz and blues professionally. She also took him to her gigs. Meanwhile, hip-hop was the main meal of African-American teenagers, so Robert got heavily into that, too.
Now he runs an acoustic jazz trio and a larger electric ensemble, The Experiment, and features them both, rather uniquely, on his latest album, Double-Booked, which has won him a lot of praise on both sides of the Atlantic.
Robert is a rare thing: a totally modern musician with deep roots. He can marry Monk and Hancock into De La Soul and Radiohead totally naturally.
Robert’s Experiment band features rapper Mos Def on vocals.