Robert Glasper comes to Concorde2 01/4/14
1st April 2014
7.30pm – 11pm
£15 adv. plus booking fee
Robert Glasper comes to Concorde 2 in April, to showcase both music from his new album, as well as old material from his 10 year discography. His latest album Black Radio 2 by Blue Note Records is the sixth studio album by the American pianist and producer, and the second instalment of his collaborative and Grammy winning Black Radio albums, created with his Robert Glasper Experiment band.
This album has been tipped as a more straightforward affair than its predecessor, with Glasper mostly concentrating on wholesome, well-sung soul, with even his own piano reduced to a backdrop. The album features big names such as Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg and Emili Sande.
Glasper has worked extensively with Q-Tip, playing keyboards on the rapper’s 2008 album The Renaissance and co-wrote the single ‘Life Is Better’, which featured his label mate Norah Jones. He also serves as the music director in Yasiin Bey’s touring band, and has toured with the multi-platinum R&B singer Maxwell.
Glasper’s earliest musical influence was his mother, a professional jazz and blues singer, who took her son to club dates and to her church performances. He has said that he first developed his sound in church, where he learned his own way to hear harmony, and was inspired to mix church and gospel with jazz harmonies.
He draws from jazz, hip-hop, R&B and rock, but ultimately refuses to be pigeon-holed and defies any one genre, calling jazz his “jealous ex-girlfriend”. Glasper himself believes his transcending of genre is where he and his band comes into its own: “That’s what makes this band unique… We can go anywhere, literally anywhere we want to go. We all have musical ADD and we love it”.
Rashod D. Ollison reviewed him after the release of Canvas as “a gifted jazz musician with a brilliant, energetic technique and a fresh, mesmerizing sense of melody and composition”