Blue Note

Images by Manuela Insixiengmay

We’re big Robert Glasper fans here at Nordstrom, Glasper being the Grammy-winning musician doing the most–the most, we tell you–to keep the sound of jazz piano fresh, relevant and connected to the youth.

He’s all over the rap album of the year, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. And further indicating his breadth, Glasper’s upcoming album on Blue Note Records, Covered, includes live versions of songs by Miles Davis, Jhené Aiko and Radiohead.

Glasper is not Kanye-famous, though Yeezy has joined Glasper on stage to kick some freestyle raps. Nor is he trying to be. We caught up with him while the 37-year-old artist was taking the biggest year in his career in stride, touring, being excellent.

Keep scrolling to read Glasper’s thoughts on where an uninitiated person should start with Miles’ albums, the courageousness of Kendrick Lamar, his top five emcees–and listen to him extemporaneously rap Tupac’s verse from Digital Underground’s “All Around the World.”

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 All images courtesy Kandace Springs; car images straight off her iPhone

Nashville, TN, vocalist/pianist Kandace Springs sings like she could be Sade’s sister. Her music is smoooothed out and jazzy, with elements of throwback soul and modern hip-hop. We’re feeling it.

We’re expecting big things from Springs’ debut album out this season on Blue Note Records, based on the strength of her self-titled EP from 2014 and her choice collab with Ghostface Killah, “Love Don’t Live Here No More.” And because she’s working with a murderer’s row of hot producers and songwriters.

We’re talking Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Brandy) and Malay (Frank Ocean), as well as Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers who run Rihanna’s production company. Throw in people like Dan Wilson who wrote “Someone Like You” for Adele, and that’s heavy artillery. 

One thing we did not expect: Springs was selling a few cars during our interview.

We talked to her about flipping cars, her album and the coolness of accompanying Ghostface on solo piano.

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