Robert Glasper is a forward thinker. He has never been trapped in place, curating a tradition. He has always courageously surged ahead, defying artificial genre parameters and taking chances like a renegade.

His influences are powerful fuels for artistic propulsion. Among them are the likes of Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett and McCoy Tynor. And whenever Glasper makes music, he chooses to surround himself with creative artists who play along the edges, just like he does.

Since emerging in 2003, Glasper has recorded 10 albums. He has won three Grammy Awards, including best R&B album for Black Radio. 

Whether you’re new to Robert Glasper or just want to gain a new appreciation for his artistry, these five albums best exemplify his constantly thrilling sense of defiance.