Go Behind The Scenes Of Robert Glasper’s Star-Studded Blue Note Residency (Video)
Robert Glasper is an extremely busy man. If he’s not putting out new work like his latest project, F*ck Yo Feelings, he’s assisting friends such as Terrace Martin, Herbie Hancock, and PJ Morton with their own projects.
One would wonder just how the award-winning composer and pianist spend his downtime between sessions. Well, last month, Glasper brought his talents to New York City’s Blue Note for the aptly dubbed “Robtober” event at the landmark Jazz venue.
While Glasper is no stranger to a packed schedule, his 28-day, 56-show run at The Blue Note found him performing many of his various projects and offering tributes to the likes of Stevie Wonder, the late Roy Hargrove, and the incomparable J Dilla. Backing him on this adventure was his original Experiment quartet, featuring bassist Derrick Hodge, multi-instrumentalist Casey Benjamin, and drummer Chris Dave.
Add to this mix impromptu appearances from a who’s who of Hip-Hop, including Yasiin Bey and Terrace Martin. Meanwhile, actor Miles Brown appear, activist Angela Davis, and comedian Dave Chappelle were among those part of the behind-the-scenes ensemble that joined Robert in Manhattan.
Glasper has shared a black-and-white video of behind-the-scenes footage, putting his superstar-studded guest list and pristine playing chops on full displays with an array of cameo appearances from Chappelle (who introduced Glasper at night #1 of the residency), Q-Tip, Sacha Baron Cohen, Tiffany Haddish, Anderson .Paak, and Bradley Cooper.
It all comes to a head with a captivating excerpt from Glasper’s tribute to the Detroit producing legend with Chris Dave and T3 of Slum Village, respectively adding on some much-appreciated layers.
The Robert Glasper Experiment has touring dates beginning in December.