Ever imagined what it would be to alchemize the range and texture of Herbie Hancock, the wit and autonomy of Thelonious Monk, and the juke-joint swing of Donny Hathaway (sans vocals)? If you have, then you’ve just conjured up Robert Glasper. On a recent visit to Northampton, MA for a date at the Iron Horse (Oct. 5, 2012), Glasper sat down for an interview with TRGGR Radio’s Chris Tinson. Well, it started out as an interview but quickly turned into two cats simply talking musical inspiration. Listen in as Glasper, arguably the most dynamic and versatile pianist in any genre (under 40!), discusses his musical influences, his approach to music production, and offers his critique of the state of jazz. Enjoy.
Runtime: 23:22 — Track Excerpts used during interview: “Move Love,” “Black Radio,” “Letter to Hermione” (Black Radio); “Think of One” and “Festival” (Double Booked); and “J Dillalude” (In My Element)
On this episode Rec and Harmonie, a new addition to TRGGRadio, interview two Hip-Hop artists from Lawrence, Massachusetts about how the history of the former mill town impacts their approach to music. TRGGR Co-host Bro Chris returned from a two-month hiatus to discuss the growing momentum against the Ethnic Studies ban in Tucson, Arizona. And Holyoke, Massachusetts-based roots/soul artist, Toussaint the Liberator, just returning from the Hip-Hop 4 Pine Ridge solidarity tour to South Dakota, also joined us in studio. We discuss the impact and meaning of the tour and future plans for increasing solidarity with indigenous communities and activists around the country. Be sure to peep the soulful live joint Toussaint blessed us with at the close of the interview. This is an episode you do not want to miss!
TRGGR Radio: June 3, 2011 — On this episode of TRGGR we pay tribute to the life and musical expression of the late great Gil Scott Heron who passed away on May 27, 2011 at the age of 62. Joining us in conversation about Gil’s life and contribution to Black diasporic culture is Dr. Anthony Ratcliff, assistant professor of Pan-African Studies at CSU Northridge. He is also director of their Hip-Hop Think Tank.
We begin the show with our on-going conversation about struggles for solidarity with guest contributor, Sujani Reddy, assistant professor of Asian Pacific American Studies at Amherst College, as she interviews Jacob Horowitz about his work with the Excluded Workers Congress and the National Guest Worker Alliance .
“Because I always feel like running
Not away, because there is no such place
Because if there was, I would have found it by now
Because it’s easier to run,
Easier than staying and finding out you’re the only one who didn’t run
Because running will be the way your life and mine will be described,
As in “the long run”
Or as in having “given someone a run for his money”
Or as in “running out of time”
Because running makes me look like everyone else, though I hope there will ever be cause for that
Because I will be running in the other direction, not running for cover
Because if I knew where cover was, I would stay there and never have to run for it
Not running for my life, because I have to be running for something of more value to be running and not in fear
Because the thing I fear cannot be escaped, eluded, avoided, hidden from, protected from, gotten away from,
Not without showing the fear as I see it now
Because closer, clearer, no sir, nearer
Because of you and because of that nice
That you quietly, quickly be causing
And because you’re going to see me run soon and because you’re going to know why I’m running then
You’ll know then
Because I’m not going to tell you now”
— Gil Scott-Heron (Now and Then: The Poems of Gil Scott-Heron)