PHOTO: Michael Schreiber
If you want to know how the Robert Glasper Experiment packed the Regattabar for two shows on a Tuesday night, the answer lies somewhere between Kurt Cobain and J Dilla. Pianist Glasper is riding on the heels of the release of the new Black Radio (Blue Note). He got a full page in the Sunday New York Times Arts & Leisure section and a spot on Letterman last week, but that doesn’t come close to explaining the young, heterogeneous audience that filled the club.
After three songs at the Regattabar with his trio on March
16, Dan Tepfer introduced the next number as “the only tune that really swings
on the CD.” He sort of wasn’t kidding. Tepfer favors all kinds of odd and mixed
meters, and that tune, an original called “Diverge” (from Five Pedals Deep, on Sunnyside), was the only one in which drummer
Colin Stranahan played a standard-swing dotted rhythm on his ride cymbal.