Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2014

Robert Glasper Experiment

Sage Two

Pre-concert talk at 9.30pm: Alyn Shipton talks with Robert Glasper (free to ticket holders)

“Glasper’s Experiment keep the stars in check and the jazz on the boil. With Glasper at the helm, the group have their own distinctive sound” **** FT (March 2014) Read the full review

“Glistening Glasper piano break unfolded over jaw-dropping Colenburg polyrhythms, like the whirr of helicopter blades. Derrick Hodge’s unaccompanied bass-guitar solo stunningly mingled graceful folk-like themes and fast drumrolls… Experiment are an awesome band and their present agenda takes nothing away from that.” The Guardian Read the full review

“The set closed with Smells Like Teen Spirit, a fitting anthem of a finale which required no encore. This Experiment worked like a dream. Can’t wait for the next instalment.” Jazz Journal Read the full review

“You left the concert feeling that you just hung out with a really cool dude who got together with his mates to play you some tunes.” deeperthebeats.com Read the full review

Robert Glasper has long kept one foot planted firmly in jazz, and the other in hip hop.

Following his sell-out Royal Festival Hall show at the 2012 London Jazz Festival, headline appearance at the ITunes Festival, a recent GRAMMY win and triumphant set at the Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Robert Glasper joins the GIJF14 line-up for a late night set in Hall Two continuing to stake out new musical territory, drawing on jazz, hip hop, R&B and rock, and refusing to be defined by any one genre.

“_The year just got a lot more soulful_” wrote SPIN after Robert Glasper Experiment announced the release of their forthcoming album ‘Black Radio 2’. On their 2012 breakout ‘Black Radio’, the band laid out a new paradigm for creative music, reaching beyond entrenched genre boundaries to create a singular vision that drew from all reaches of contemporary black music and beyond. Black Radio drew unanimous praise from critics across the board and earned Glasper the highest chart position of his career. The album kept earning accolades all the way to the 2013 GRAMMY Awards where ‘Black Radio’ was awarded ‘Best R&B Album’.

Robert Glasper Experiment ups the ante with the release of ‘Black Radio 2’, another genre-defying effort that takes the Black Radio blueprint and builds to even greater heights. The core remains the Experiment, as astoundingly versatile a band as has ever existed, featuring Robert Glasper on keyboards, Derrick Hodge on bass, Mark Colenburg on drums, and Casey Benjamin on vocoder and saxophone. Providing the vocals throughout the album is another jaw-dropping roll call of vocalists including Common, Patrick Stump, Brandy,Jill Scott, Dwele, Marsha Ambrosius, Anthony Hamilton, Faith Evans, Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg,Lupe Fiasco, Luke James, Emeli Sandé, Lalah Hathaway, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.

“It’s a short list of jazz pianists who have the wherewithal to drop a J Dilla reference into a Thelonious Monk cover but not many jazz pianists are Robert Glasper.” Los Angeles Times

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