“I’m a big house of many rooms, made up of a lot of different things. Jazz is one of them, but there’s a lot of other stuff in there.”
Glasper certainly lived up to that statement with a discography that stretches from jazz to blues to R&B to electronic. Throughout his career, Glasper has worked with a variety of hip-hop and R&B artists such as Mos Def, Kanye West, and Talib Kweli, showcasing his ability to transition effortlessly between music genres.
One of his most iconic works, Black Radio, came out 2012 to critical acclaim, including a Grammy Award for Best R&B album. What makes the album unique is its innovative mix of jazz and R&B and star-studded guest list, with artists like Erkyah Badu and Bilal. Last year, Glasper released Black Radio 2 and is toying with the idea of releasing a third Black Church album. The title for the albums comes from the idea of conserving music after a plane crash, as he explained in a session with the World Cafe.
On Wednesday night, Glasper performed with Philly trombone legend Jeff Bradshaw at the Kimmel Center for a live album recording. He returns to Philly on July 17th with Anthony Hamilton and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds at the Dell East. Tickets can and more information on the show can be found here.Robert Glasper