A boldness suffuses jazz pianist Robert Glasper’s playing style: it’s lithe and contemporary, busy-bodied yet direct, certain, metaphorically speaking, to stick to the ribs. Glasper is a omnivorous collaborator, throwing down with session musicians, rappers, and pop singers, but his fresh, intricate virtuosity is invariably the crown jewel of any piece of music he’s had a hand in. For this set, his ensemble is joined by Talib Kweli, whose earth-tone flows should fit Glasper’s dynamic ivory patter snugly.
Sat., July 5, 7 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 2, 2014