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)