A modern-jazz master

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Pop Music

September 09, 2005|By Rashod D. Ollison

AT 26, ROBERT GLASPER is already impressive - a gifted jazz musician with a brilliant, energetic technique and a fresh, mesmerizing sense of melody and composition.

A native of Houston, Texas, Glasper will release Canvas, his exuberant debut for Blue Note Records, Oct. 4. He will bring his playful, Herbie-Hancock-influenced style to Washington's Blues Alley Nov. 9. His critically well received first album, Mood, was released on the independent Fresh Sound New Talent label in 2003.

Based in New York, Glasper has backed an interesting range of artists, including Carly Simon, Q-Tip and Mos Def. An accessible, fluid stylist who at times weaves hip-hop, gospel and R&B influences through his compositions, Glasper is a musically illuminating cat with a limitless future in modern jazz.

For more information about Robert Glasper's shows at Blues Alley, call 202-337-4141.

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