NPR jazz blog notes Robert Glasper plays on new album by Kenneth Whalum III

whalum.jpg Former Memphian and rising jazz player Kenneth Whalum III gets a mention this week in NPR's A Blog Supreme jazz blog. In a post about the mainstream attention being paid to new hip-hop- and pop-oriented albums by crossover jazz artists Robert Glasper and Esperanza Spalding, blogger Patrick Jarenwattananon reminds readers of the two musicians' recent work as band members on projects fronted by other musicians.

Whalum, son of minister and Memphis school board member Dr. Kenneth Whalum Jr., had performed with Glasper as a member of soul singer Maxwell's band, and he enlisted the keyboardist and the Experiment rhythm section for his latest album:

While Glasper and Spalding were developing the conversing-with-pop-radio music on their new records, they were also playing this sort of music. The same piano-bass-drums unit of the Robert Glasper Experiment plays acoustic on saxophonist Kenneth Whalum III's To Those Who Believe, released in late 2010; Glasper and Experiment drummer Chris Dave also play on bassist Robert Hurst's trio album Unrehurst, Vol. 2 from earlier in 2010.

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