Saturday, March 10, 2012

As Seen on TV: The Robert Glasper Experiment on Letterman

The Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Lupe Fiasco and Bilal perform "Always Shine" from the CD, "Black Radio" on The Late Show with David Letterman.
(At the end of the clip when Dave greets each of them by name,"Lupe! Bilal!" it's priceless. The producer that got those names to stick deserves a high five.)

After watching this were you also left wondering, "Who is this big black man playing a goose-bump inducing piano solo on national television?"

Big man is Robert Glasper. I felt what is I guess best described as pride when I saw on his Wiki page that he was born in 1978. Here's a guy the same age as I am who is commandeering a project that brings together young black musicians doing their thing and doing it well with such obvious expertise and artistry. They're bringing jazz back and at the same time ensuring it, their birthright, is safely ushered into the 21st century. Yes, definitely pride.

Also there was a gentleman rocking a dread pompadour with hot pink highlights and green! fucking tights on that keyboard guitar thingy (perhaps among the tellyphiles there's an audiophile who can tell me that instrument's proper name?).

As luck would have it, NPR made another TRGE track (Afro Blue feat. Erykah Badu) their Song of the Day recently and there's a very informative little write-up. I'm such a predictable little liberal, completely in sync with National Public Radio, kind of hilarious.

If you've got a few minutes (and if you've read this far I say you do) get cool by osmosis. Watch TRGE's performance of Smells Like Teen Spirit, yes that Smells Like Teen Spirit, from when they visited WNYC's Soundcheck in The Greene Space recently.

Fans of The Man in Green Tights, whose name is Casey Benjamin, will no doubt be as mesmerized as I was. Rock on, jazz warriors, rock on.