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Robert Glasper and Jason Moran

Jez Nelson presents American piano stars Robert Glasper and Jason Moran performing as a duo at the Royal Festival Hall during the 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival.

American piano stars Robert Glasper and Jason Moran perform as a duo, in one of the most talked-about performances of the 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival.

Known for their trailblazing approaches, Robert Glasper and Jason Moran are two of the leading lights in Blue Note Records' current roster and play here for its 75th birthday celebrations. Two grand pianos adorn the stage at London's Royal Festival Hall for a set that reflects their longstanding friendship and mutual appreciation of each other's music.

Free-flowing exchanges twist and turn through the type of soulful grooves that Glasper fans will know from his Grammy Award-winning work with his Experiment band, whilst Moran brings flavours of the blues and avant-garde to the melting pot. Amongst virtuosic solos there are fleeting nods to Blue Note's vast back catalogue, including its first ever boogie woogie recording and a meditation on Herbie Hancock's classic, 'Maiden Voyage'.

Also in the programme, Jez Nelson puts the duo to the MP3 Shuffle test, drilling down into the musical influences they share whilst on the road.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Chris Elcombe.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Meade Lux Lewis & Albert Ammons

    Nagasaki

    • Blue Note.
  • New Release

    • Vijay Iyer Trio

      Hood

      • Break Stuff.
      • ECM.
  • Robert Glasper and Jason Moran's MP3 Shuffle

    • Lupe Fiasco, Robert Glasper Experiment & Mos Def

      Bootleg Recording (Live At The Blue Note)

    • Gregory Porter

      The Way You Want to Live

      • Be Good.
      • Blue Note.
    • Drake

      Say What's Real

      • So Far Gone.
    • Jason Moran

      Feedback Part 2

      • Ten.
      • Blue Note.
    • Otha Turner and The Rising Star Fife and Drum Band

      Bounceball

      • Everybody Hollerin' Goat.
      • Birdman Records.
    • Kim Burrell

      Since Jesus Came In

      • Try Me Again.
      • Shanachie.
  • Robert Glasper and Jason Moran in concert at the Royal Festival Hall, London on 22 November 2014

    • Robert Glasper & Jason Moran

      Medley

  • Juliet Kelly explores the 'Played Twice' event at Brilliant Corners

    • Thelonious Monk

      Jackie-ing

      • 5 By Monk By 5.
      • Riverside Records.

Line up:

Jason Moran (piano, left); Robert Glasper (piano, right)

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