Robert Glasper (piano, keyboards), Christian Scott (trumpet), Terrace Martin (vocoder, sax), Derrick Hodge (bass), Taylor McFerrin (synths, beats), Justin Tyson (drums)
Well that’s a contemporary supergroup if there ever was one! What a fantastic gathering of young talent. The spearhead of new jazz. Robert Glasper is a keyboard player with complex musical ideas he clearly expresses as frontman of his group Experiment, this time at the service of his new project, christened R + R = NOW, a socio-political and artistic reflection on the situation of today’s world. The trumpet-player Christian Scott is another ground-breaking youngster, who drank from the jazz fountains in his native New Orleans to develop his own, almost arrogant style, which enjoys unquestionable attraction among both jazz purists and the hip-hop community. Terrace Martin is the musician of the moment: sax-player, composer, singer, rapper, producer (of Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dog, Busta Rhymes and Stevie Wonder, for example). We enjoyed seeing him at last year’s Heineken Jazzaldia with the Herbie Hancock quintet. The keyboard player, DJ and beatboxer Taylor McFerrin has inherited a fair deal of his father Bobby’s charm. The whole thing needs the backing of some very serious rhythm. That’s why we have the bassist Derrick Hodge, winner of the Grammy in the hip-hop and R&B categories, as well as the drummer Justin Tyson who, despite his youth, has already chalked up experience with Mos Def and Esperanza Spalding.