Why Robert Glasper Is The Artist You Need To Know

December 28, 2017



By Pola Bunster

Cover photo by Austin Chronicle.

It’s not often that writers, producers, and arrangers receive rightful accolades, but there are some names that should already be household at this point. Meet the man behind the music of Kendrick Lamar, Q-Tip, Erykah Badu, and Jay-Z: Robert Glasper. Whether it’s jamming with Stevie Wonder or paying tribute to Miles Davis, Glasper’s broad spectrum of sounds is impressive to say the very least. He’s a master of r&b, hip-hop, jazz and everything in between and guess what? He’s coming to Miami.

But more on that in a bit. First let’s talk about the talented man himself. He’s a three-time GRAMMY-winning artist (six-time nominated) and he’s slowly getting the notoriety he deserves. A deep connoisseur of the keys, Robert Glasper’s style is comparable to a snow leopard: rare and calculated, and a breathtaking experience to witness live. He is multi-faceted and his music can range from pure acoustic jazz as with his trio, or a metamorphosis of sound led by electronic foundations like with The Robert Glasper Experiment.

Here are some things to note. That’s his keys your hearing on Kendrick Lamar’s “These Walls,” his musical direction and arranging you hear in the soundtrack for the Miles David tribute, Miles Ahead, and his keys you hear again in Anderson .Paak’s “The Waters” and “Waterfall (Interluuude)”. For a genre as seemingly complex and unapproachable as jazz, Glasper is one of those artists that helps break it down for you, and pushes it into other genres–making even the most questioning of music lovers digest jazz in a whole new light.

On a similar barrier-breaking note, GroundUP Music Festival returning to the North Beach Bandshell from February 9th – 11th is bringing that sort of high-caliber musicianship to a community level and immersing our ears into some of the world’s most expressive music. Along with acts like Snarky Puppy, Béla Fleck, and The Wood Brothers, Glasper will be gracing that historical stage and turning everyone in attendance into a fan for life. We guarantee that his performance will rate among the top of the list of best Miami shows of 2018. Don’t miss out on the opportunity, get your tickets here.