What piece of art changed your life? How did it affect you?
Bamboozled, the Spike Lee movie. It’s visually stimulating, musically rich—I love the Bruce Hornsby song (“Shadowlands”) at the end)—the actors are sincere, and the message is Real. Savion Glover’s tap dancing is amazing and inspiring. The movie tapped into a lot of emotional senses.
The Los Angeles Times has noted that "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." The likes of Jason Moran and Lafayette Gilchrist also come to mind as "jazz" players incorporating elements of hip-hop, r&b, and rock into an adventurous blend that wriggles past genre and shakes free of labels. Glasper's new CD, Black Radio, (Blue Note) does exactly that and features cameos by Mos Def (yasiin bey), Meshell Ndegeocello, Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, and others. Thursday night, he plays solo at the Mansion at Strathmore as part of the "Discover Ellington" series. The show starts at 7:30 pm.