When pianist Robert Glasper scored two nominations for his critically lauded “Black Radio,” it was in R&B, not jazz -- a surprise given his pedigree.
Backstage at the 55th Grammy Awards on Sunday, the Houston-born pianist was quizzed about what he felt bridged the gap between the genres.
“We’re all jazz musicians together and at the same time we all embody all of black music. We embody R&B, hip-hop, jazz, rock, funk, gospel music and we all come up in that,” Glasper said. “We’ve never ignored that side of our thing as far as music goes, so we have no problem infusing all of those things because we are comfortable with all of them. That’s the difference.”
“A lot of people have mixed hip-hop and jazz, but it's like a band with a DJ,” he continued, “but we’re one band that plays everything authentically and really great.”