Robert Glasper's Experiment Pays Off
GRAMMY-nominated jazz pianist/producer Robert Glasper recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Glasper discussed the current state of jazz, his latest albums Black Radio and Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP, and future projects, among other topics.
"I don't have any boundaries when I do music. I totally let the music lead me so I'm interested to see where it takes me because I don't know, and I don't want to dictate it," said Glasper. "I'm hoping to do a lot more collaborations with other artists in other worlds … and just connect the worlds, connect the different genres, the different people, and different spirits, and just see what happens."
Houston-bred Glasper was inspired to become a pianist after frequenting clubs with his mother, jazz/blues singer Kim Yvette Glasper. Drawing on jazz, blues, hip-hop, and R&B Glasper released his major label debut, Canvas, in 2005, which peaked at No. 24 on Billboard's Jazz Albums Chart. He followed with 2007's In My Element and 2009's Double Booked, the latter which garnered Glasper his first GRAMMY nomination for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for "All Matter" featuring Bilal. In February The Robert Glasper Experiment released Black Radio, which features collaborations with artists such as Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, and Chrisette Michele. Black Radio peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 and garnered two nominations for the 55th GRAMMY Awards: Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance for "Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)" featuring Ledisi. In October Glasper released a six-track EP, Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP, which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Jazz Albums Chart and includes "Twice (Questlove's Twice Baked Remix)" featuring the GRAMMY-winning band the Roots and singer Solange. On Dec. 13–14 Glasper will perform at Harlem Stage in New York.