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Robert Glasper

Grammy Award Winner Scores Miles Davis Biopic

A few years ago Miles Davis’ nephew said the only actor who could adequately portray his legendary uncle was Don Cheadle. Flash forward to 2016 when Cheadle has not only played the role of the musician in ‘Miles Ahead’, but the film (which he co-wrote) also marks his debut as a director. And while Cheadle was the appropriate vessel to bring Davis to the big screen, the same can be said for the Grammy-winning musician Robert Glasper, who was in charge of the film’s music. Glasper, whose work includes the lauded albums Black Radio and In My Element, is one of the most exciting acts in contemporary jazz, blending influences from R&B and hip-hop to create contemporary sounds that Davis would certainly be proud of. Ahead of a pre-release screening of ‘Miles Ahead’ at NeueHouse Madison Square, Glasper sat down with us for a video interview during which he discussed the everlasting genius of Davis, working with Cheadle, and breaking the molds of history.

 

Portrait Photography: Manolo Campion for NeueJournal

Video: NeueHouse Media