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Robert Glasper

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 7:30PM

Robert Glasper
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When some of the biggest names in R&B and hip-hop are clamoring to be on a jazz record, you know you're dealing with a special kind of jazz musician.

Gammy Nominated pianist Robert Glasper has long kept one foot planted firmly in jazz but these days, he's incorporating all the sounds he grew up with in Houston: soul, rap, rock ... whatever feels good goes into the mix. His band is the Robert Glasper Experiment, and its new album is Black Radio, which takes as its premise a kind of natural lineage among jazz, hip-hop, R&B and rock music, and explores each style in equal measure.

Those who tend to find jazz inaccessible or hip-hop too repetitive should take a listen to Black Radio. This is an experiment that really works. It's not surprising Robert Glasper gets feted as a true inheritor of the all-comers musicality and freewheeling skills of Herbie Hancock.