We’ve been talking a lot about Robert Glasper lately. The versatile piano-player (sorry, he’s too cool to be a pianist) has popped up in performances with MF DOOM and interviews with Amel Larrieux (here) and Lupe Fiasco (above). And we just now found out he is playing at Drom (in NYC) with Pharoahe Monch tonight (free!). Since he is kind of an everywhere dude, sometimes putting music out under his own name–sometimes making other people sound good with a much more modest credit–our jazz-focused (so focused) channel partners Revivalist did us a solid by sitting dude down and documenting all his many sides. Or like they said it:
It is popular for artists to say that their music defies genre labels. They insist that their music exists separate from simplified categories such as: hip-hop, country, or R&B. Contrary to that trend, jazz pianist Robert Glasper does not shy away from his jazz roots and affiliation. Over the last decade Glasper has developed a unique sound that has allowed him to perform with everyone from soul singer Maxwell to pop star Kanye West.