Houston, Texas-based artist Robert Glasper is a pianist and producer who bridges jazz with contemporary R&B, soul and hip-hop. Inspired by his blues singer mother, he began playing piano at a young age and eventually started his professional music career in New York City where he worked with various artists including neo-soul singer Bilal Oliver. Glasper released his first solo album Mood, in 2002, before making his major label debut with his 2005 album Canvas, on Blue Note records. As the leader of the funk-influenced outfit the Robert Glasper Trio, as well as the hip-hop and jazz project the Robert Glasper experiment, he anchors classic jazz elements to modern music.
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