NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — Renowned musician Robert Glasper’s magic fingers have touched everything from jazz to hip-hop to R&B, and he’s now featured in new shows like “Bel-Air” and “Bel-Air.” has included the TV series Musical on his resume by co-scoring. Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.” The pianist’s music cannot be grouped into any one category – and that’s why he likes it.
“It’s not just shame on all the music we got from our ancestors. Black people have given the world more music than anyone else. Period. Hands down. Not controversial. And it’s all popular music that everyone wants to be a part of.” The four-time Grammy winner said. “We don’t have to be in just one room at big house or black music. We can tour all the rooms in the Black Music House.”
The Houston native released “Black Radio III” last month, the latest installment in his acclaimed “Black Radio” series. The 13-track project is more heavily in R&B than its last two in the trilogy, with a wide range of features including HER, Jennifer Hudson, Common, Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter and Ty Dolla $ign.
Glasper, who along with music buddies Teres Martin and Kamasi Washington, is up for this year’s Grammys for Best Progressive R&B Album for their jazz-R&B fusion. Dinner Party: Dessert” EP, spoke with The Associated Press about making his latest album during the pandemic, and reclaiming jazz as the unexpected. Answers have been edited for clarity and brevity.
Associated Press: You made “Black Radio III” during the pandemic – “Black Radio 2” was released in 2013. What inspired you to continue the series?
GLASPER: Years went by and people kept asking, “When is Black Radio III (coming out?)” and I was like nah, I don’t want to do too much – I didn’t want to overdo it. And then when the pandemic came, I thought it was a good time because people really needed a project like this. And I knew it was going to be tough, and I knew it would be special to do it during this special time period.
Associated Press: You’ve said that making this album during the pandemic was not only an escape for you, but why it’s an escape for the listener?
GLASPER: During the pandemic, there was a lot going on: police brutality, George Floyd stuff, Trump stuff — all these things and it’s on you from television, from IG, from Facebook, everywhere you see.
I had to decide: do I talk about it? Don’t I talk about it… So I felt I had an obligation to say something. So I started with Kavita (with Aamir Suleman) and right after that with “Black Superhero”. Boom, boom – the elephants in the room are addressed, and now, the rest of the album. So, you can choose: You can skip those first two songs and listen to the rest of the album, and (the rest of) the album is about love and relationships and other things.
Associated Press: With artists like you and Anderson. Do you believe that musicianship is re-emerging within hip-hop and R&B?
GLASPER: I think it’s going to be cool again… Anderson.Pak, he’s a musician first. Before starting singing, he was a drummer in L.A. He is a music fan. Bruno Mars: Music fan. musician. A lot of boys are like that in general. Her: Incredible Musician, She plays all the instruments and just loves the whole thing.
Associated Press: Is it fair to say that young black jazz musicians like you, Terrace Martin, Kamasi Washington and others are reclaiming jazz and making it popular again?
GLASPER: Absolutely, because it’s African-American music… Our ancestors gave birth to this music. blood Sweat and tears. And we, as individuals, have grown away from it and other people have taken it and are able to take advantage of it.
We are just living our truth, and that’s it. And we’re jazz[musicians]- because some people say, “What they’re doing isn’t jazz.” Yes, it is – it really is. It’s just jazz with a heartbeat. It’s still alive. The one you love is dead. What we are doing is living. And that’s the difference. ,
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