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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Robert Glasper

Posted by Amoebite, January 9, 2017 06:58pm | Post a Comment

Robert Glasper What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"'Off the Wall' actually used to scare me," says Grammy-winning pianist and record producer Robert Glasper. He's talking about the title track off of Michael Jackson's monumental record, which starts with eerie, building vocals and a sinister laugh. "I used to literally take the needle and skip it to, like, more in the middle of the song, 'cause I was so scared of the beginning." Glasper had plenty of personal anecdotes and insights into all the records he found on his recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood

Hailing from Houston, TX, Robert Glasper started his musical career performing at the East Wind Baptist Church, where his mother was music director. While attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, Glasper met neo-soul singer Bilal Oliver and the two began collaborating on a series of musical projects that would lead them to work with J Dilla, Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Meshell Ndegeocello, Talib Kweli, Jay-Z, Common, Slum Village, and Maxwell. Glasper released his first album, Mood, in 2004. A record for Blue Note, Canvas, followed a year later. Glasper's 2009 LP Double-Booked netted a Grammy for Bilal, who appeared on the track "All Matter."

Robert Glasper Experiment ArtScience Amoeba Music Glasper's next album, 2012's Black Radio, won him the Grammy for Best R&B album. Its follow-up, Black Radio 2 won Glasper another Grammy, this time for Best Traditional R&B Performance on the track "Jesus Children of America," which featured Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. In 2015, the Robert Glasper Trio released Covered, an album of instrumental covers of hip-hop, indie rock, and soul artists. His latest album with the Robert Glasper Experiment, ArtScience, was released via Blue Note in fall 2016. Glasper served as composer, arranger, and music supervisor for the 2015 Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead.

Having been especially steeped in Miles Davis material for the last few years, Glasper shared a story Herbie Hancock told him about recording Miles Smiles (Glasper's favorite Miles album), in which Davis asked Hancock to play the session without his left hand, which ultimately "opened him up harmonically in his right hand." Glasper also talked about his time staying and working with J Dilla, whose album, The Diary (Instrumentals) he grabbed while here at Amoeba. "He was a big influence musically on me," said the pianist, "and I'd say that he's the only producer who, like, changed the way musicians play."

But which punk band did Mos Def turn Robert Glasper on to? And just what does he have to say about smooth-jazz saxophonist Kenny G? You'll have to watch the video to find out:

Robert Glasper - What's In My Bag?
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