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Robert Glasper

Robert Glasper

Pianist Robert Glasper missed his soundcheck at B.B. King’s nightclub for the vocalist he regularly plays with, the neosoul crooner Bilal. He was just too busy getting ready to go to Japan for a tour with drummer Donald Edwards and bassist Darryl Hall, and then head to France and Spain with his own trio. “I have to put my clothes in the cleaners, go pick up my visa from the Japanese consulate-all that kid of stuff,” Glasper says with a sigh.

Not that Bilal will mind Glasper playing hooky. The two have been buddies ever since they met in the 1990s at Manhattan’s New School University. “We’d go everywhere together, to jazz clubs, sit in,” Glasper says. “He’s totally a jazz musician, that cat.”

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