Robert Glasper is an American keyboard player and record producer. His 2012 album Black Radio won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 55th Grammy Awards.
Glasper’s albums are centered around his work as a solo artist, and two bands: The Robert Glasper Trio, as an acoustic jazz trio, and The Robert Glasper Experiment as an electronic act that defies genre norms from any single discipline. “That’s what makes this band unique… We can go anywhere, literally anywhere, we want to go. We all have musical ADD and we love it.”
With primary influences in neo-soul, hip-hop, jazz, gospel, and R&B, Glasper also has reinterpreted songs from rock acts Nirvana, Radiohead, Soundgarden, and David Bowie. As a jazz artist, Rashod D. Ollison reviewed him after the release of Canvas as “a gifted jazz musician with a brilliant, energetic technique and a fresh, mesmerizing sense of melody and composition.”
Glasper claims that the music of Miles Davis has had a significant influence on his style throughout his career as a musician. Both the soundtrack for Miles Ahead and the tribute album Everything’s Beautiful are clear indications of this influence.
“I’m obviously influenced by Miles Davis — even just the psyche of how he thinks about music…how he moves through, and always wanted to reflect the times he’s in. That’s what I’m doing now. He opened that door.”