How can one describe this man and his music. . . his style. . . his interpre-TAY-tion of his favorite songs?!?!
So many adjectives have been linked to him, from smooth, enticing, sexy, inspirational, magical, spirtiual, etc.
To that I would add, his music is “charged” with extreme energy!! Especially in the softness of his playing. He’s very deliberate, conscious and intentionally aware of every move he makes . . . .and. . . . NOT intentional...like “let’s see where this takes us” kind of mentality. And yet, you wanna go with him, cuz you know when he’s leading the way, it won’t be to a dead-end. And even if it does. . . who cares. . .you’re with him. . .
He captivates me
I am his prisoner
happily willing to submit
as long as he keeps playing
either seriously or
with a sense of humor,
breaking out in some
cheesy type of song or
breaking me down with
his rendition of
“Kiss From A Rose/Everything In Its Right Place.”
And so it was, when I saw him recently at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival at the end of June 2011, I was lost and under his spell. . . at least for the 2 sets I was there. : )
There is just something about Robert Glasper, whether hearing him live or through your stereo. . . you are hooked!!!!
Okay. . .enough, enough about what he does to me!!!
Let me tell you though, there were very few empty seats in the house. . . for BOTH SETS!!!
I was surprised by the variety of ages and types of people there to see this man, who is very unassuming in presence. . . very relaxed. . walking onto the stage as if he’s just walking into his livingroom to play a bit and you just happen to be there.
Oh and drummer, Mark Colenburg and bassist. . . what ‘s his name???? . . . Derrick Hodge just HAPPEN to be there as well!! ; )
The rapport these guys have is unbelievable!! It’s like they can read one another’s mind. It’s extraordinary to watch!!
You are taken on one heck of a ride !! It’s wonderful!!
Leaving, I was left with wanting more.
So I am looking forward to Robert’s upcoming album which will include Mr. Derrick Hodge, Bilal, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Erykah Badu and Me'shell N'degeocello. I am guessing the release will be sometime in Spring 2012.