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Robert Glasper's new piano trio album is called Covered.
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June 21, 2015 The jazz pianist has spent the past five years essentially making modern R&B records. On the new Covered he returns to a more traditional form, but adds an eclectic twist to keep things interesting.
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January 20, 2014 The pianist builds R&B with old-school values: singers who don't need software, live improvising, hand-built beats. They're jazz aesthetics, essentially — readily evident when members of his Grammy-winning Experiment band jam with singer Marsha Ambrosius.
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November 15, 2013 Glasper jams with host Marian McPartland on Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance" in a 2006 session.
The Robert Glasper Experiment performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
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August 4, 2013 Hear a freewheeling set of vamps and vocoder from the hip-hop hybrid band, with a Herbie Hancock tune followed by a Daft Punk cover.
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December 29, 2012 Glasper's group makes a mix of jazz, soul and R&B. It's impossible to classify as one particular genre; it's as eclectic and different as it is cohesive and round. Watch the group perform "Lift Off."
Robert Glasper Experiment fuses hip-hop, blues, soul and rock with jazz music.
April 4, 2012 Hear the jazz pianist perform genre-defying, airtight experimental tracks from his new record, Black Radio.
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Robert Glasper leads his band through experiments in jazz, hip-hop, R&B and rock on his new album, Black Radio.
February 24, 2012 Black Radio, the new album by the pianist's band Robert Glasper Experiment, connects the dots between jazz, rock, hip-hop and soul.
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Robert Glasper Experiment's new album, Black Radio, comes out Feb. 28.
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February 19, 2012 Black Radio is an album-length statement about the durability of substantive music, and about the possibility of black-origin popular music. It's the product of a band with a jazz pedigree, a Rolodex of R&B and rap stars, and all ears to the street.
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December 8, 2010 He works with top hip-hop and soul artists, but he's also a supple, simmering pianist with no shortage of jazz cred. Hear Glasper's playful band as it's embraced at the New York jazz bastion.
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Bilal performs at the 2010 Soul Train Awards.
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December 8, 2010 The singer Bilal has recorded his tune "All Matter" twice in recent years: Once with the pianist Robert Glasper, and once on his own sophomore album. The recordings aren't both jazz. But they both have a lot to do with it.
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