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The Gig: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Robert Glasper

“Blue Note’s like a big-ass bodyguard.”

That was pianist Robert Glasper on his relationship with Blue Note Records, not long before the release of Canvas, his heralded label debut. Now two years later, Glasper has a sequel, the appropriately titled In My Element, along with a good deal more experience as a Blue Note artist. So what has changed during that time?

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Nate Chinen

Nate Chinen

Nate Chinen is the director of editorial content for WBGO and a longtime contributor to JazzTimes, which published 125 installments of his column “The Gig” between 2004 and 2017. For 12 years, he was a critic for The New York Times; prior to that, he wrote about jazz for the Village Voice, the Philadelphia City Paper, and several other publications. He is the author of Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century (2018) and the co-author of George Wein’s autobiography Myself Among Others: A Life in Music (2003).