Interview: Robert Glasper (Pt. 2) - JazzWax

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March 08, 2012


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Fred Seibert

Thank goodness for Robert Glasper and the others in his generation (like Vijay Iyer) who refuse to do what they're told by the old folks in jazz who insist the music be frozen in amber. To heck with those guys who think their way is the only way. Really.

Black Radio isn't my cup of tea (yet), I'm an old guy. But it's been really sad to listen to jazz ossify over the past 30 years.

Bravo to Robert for insisting --We Insist!-- on owning his own music and making it what he wants it to be. Here's hoping the audiences agree loudly.

Doug Zielke

"But it's been really sad to listen to jazz ossify over the past 30 years."

My goodness...what a statement!!
That sure does dismiss some great, real jazz music played by people with genuine talent.

While I have heard Mr. Glasper live and on recordings, his "experiments" sound tedious to my (ossified) ears. He is a hell of a pianist with his conventional trio. I guess that explains why I play just half of the cuts on "Double Booked".

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