WBGO Blog
  • Glasper's "Black Radio" on WBGO HD2: The Jazz Bee

    February 27, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Add new comment | Filed under: HD2

    WBGO is proud to feature pianist Robert Glasper in this "sneak peek" of The Jazz Bee, our new 24-hour station for emerging jazz artists and styles.

    Click below to hear The Jazz Bee, which is on air at 88.3 HD2 in the New York Metro area, and will soon be fully available through our website.

    Glasper's album Black Radio is out Tuesday on Blue Note Records. Glasper stopped by WBGO to talk about the disc, which features a wide range of invited guests, including singers Erykah Badu, Meshell Ndegeocello and Bilal, and emcee Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def.

    glasperBLACKRADIO1

    "It's me showing that I'm a jazz musician who likes other things, other music," he said. "People have in their head that to be a jazz musician you can't like or play anything else, or integrate it with anything else. I don't know where that came from, because it didn't come from the masters who invented it."

    Black Radio is Glasper's fourth album for Blue Note, and the most fully realized statement of his extended vision of what jazz can be. But Glasper and his bandmates - drummer Chris Dave, saxophonist Casey Benjamin and bassist Derrick Hodge - have been at work on their original fusion of jazz and hiphop in small clubs around New York for more than a decade. In our conversation, Glasper explained how and where their vision came together, and his musical inspirations, which range from Oscar Peterson to J Dilla.

    We will feature excerpts from our conversation on The Jazz Stream, and tracks from Glasper's new album, all week. Check back to this blog for more highlights from the interview. Enjoy Black Radio!

    In Part Two, Glasper explains how Black Radio seeks to reach listeners unfamiliar with jazz, and introduces the track "Lift Off," which features Shafiq Husayn and Mic Check.

    In Part Three, Glasper describes his collaboration with emcee Lupe Fiasco, with whom he performs on the track "Always Shine."

    In Part Four, Glasper explains the meaning of "Black Radio," the album's title track, and his collaboration with Yasiin Bey, the emcee also known as Mos Def.