We’re not yet at the point when Miley Cyrus’s latest single features a blazing saxophone solo over a swinging rhythm, but jazz has definitely seen a significant resurgence in popular music over the last couple of years. Thank Robert Glasper for that.
The GRAMMY-winning pianist — whose genre-blending combo band the Robert Glasper Experiment plays the Fonda Theatre on December 5 — has had a hand in wildly successful projects such as Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and Anderson .Paak’s Malibu, influencing a previously dormant show of musicality in modern hip hop and R&B.
The Experiment’s latest album is ArtScience (released via the legendary Blue Note label on 9/15), a collection of songs that fuses jazz with soul, rock, disco, hip hop, electronic, pop, and more. Those who have witnessed Glasper do his thing live — be it through solo gigs or playing with hip-hop luminaries such as Common and Yasiin Bey — know that seeing this gifted musician onstage is the penultimate version of what he brings to the table.
Those in need of a preview need look no further than last year’s Covered, a live album recorded at Capitol Studios featuring bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid.
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