Robert Glasper, along with his very talented musical crew, entered the House of Blues Court- Yard in Las Vegas, Nevada recently under false pretense. The reason being, this brother, Robert Glasper, is an intelligent, focused and just plain cool like that, with a laid back swag, which took the court-yard by surprise. The show was magnificent! The House of Blues venue was perfect for that particular type of vibe.
Glasper, obviously is a behind the scene type of genius in the R&B, FUNK, HIP-HOP and JAZZ genres. Nevertheless, no matter what choice of music, Glasper developed and mastered himself as a unique pianist so much that he was sought out early in his career by established national recording artists. While a student of music in New York City, Robert Glasper experienced the feel of Neo-Soul upon meeting the artist Bilal. Bilal and Glasper started hanging out and began performing together; as a result, Glasper hooked up with known performers, singers and hip-hop artists like, Q-Tip, Mos Def, Common, JayZ and the list goes on.
Let’s move forward a bit and examine Las Vegas’ own Neo-Soul guru’s, Denette Braud and John Harrison, Tony Rome Presents with Centric, along with Gentleman Jack; they sponsored and promoted this outstanding show, inside the House of Blues Court-Yard, which unanimously decided upon the perfectly dimmed ambiance, for the targeted, distinctive audience. It was fantastic!
Robert Glasper mentioned his new release, he titled “Double-Book.” Glasper went on to explain how he came up with the theme for the new release is simple, “everyone in the group is double booked and always got somewhere to go to perform.” Now that makes a whole lot of sense. Also, Robert Glasper proudly acknowledged that he was nominated in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category for his song “All Matter” with Bilal.
Reference from: (http://frolab.com/2009/12/03/grammy-nominations-mos-def-robert-glasper-maxwell-more/
Undoubtedly, Glasper’s passion for the love for the arts is obvious when he switched gears automatically to accommodate Eric Benet when Benet stepped on the stage to perform his hits “Georgy Porgy,” along with an old-time favorite “Love Don’t Love Me.” Hearts melted as Benet moved and grooved his sexy body, enhanced by a perfect vocal pitch. Whew, all of sudden it got so hot in there!
Lastly, but by far not lease, who can forget about Stokely, the lead member of the group “Mint Condition,” approached the stage and headed straight to the congas’. Stokely is known from the R&B (Mint Condition) sensational group era throughout the 90s, but also as a seasoned percussionist and a flavorful singer; Stokely wastes no time to branch off to spread his love for the music. Needless to say, Stokely made his way to the Mandalay Bay.
However, grass cannot keep up with him. Stokely’s, in addition to the whole group Mint Condition, backed up guest host Sinbad on the TV One show, “Way Black When,” and not so long ago, Stokley appeared and performed on BET’s “Monique” show. When asked what’s next for the future, Stokely’s replied, “just keeping it moving.” Meanwhile, Stokely Williams various vocal range-demonstrated that a human, musical instrument lives within, and has arrived inside the House of Blues when he began to sing “Breakin My Heart.” Off the chizzle! It got better and didn’t stop, but for those that missed this show, hopefully Vegas will be able to bring them back for those that couldn’t be there and will make it a point to be able to catch these masterminds next time. (Hint Hint)
Meanwhile, pick up a copy of Robert Glasper’s “Double -Book” or when you hit Las Vegas, find out what’s going on with Neo-Soul’s Vegas, Denette Braud and John Harrison!