Editors' pick

Robert Glasper Experiment

Jazz
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Mixing hip-hop with jazz was once sacrilege, then oddity, and eventually trendy. But rarely has it been done well. It took an artist rooted in both traditions to make a cohesive-sounding, forward-thinking record that blends the two disciplines. That record was pianist Robert Glasper's 2012 breakout project "Black Radio." He was already five albums into his career when "Black Radio" was released, but it was the one that cracked the charts, hitting number one on Billboard Jazz and nabbing a Grammy for Best R&B album. On the eve of the release of "Black Radio 2," Glasper returns to D.C. with his Experiment band at the Birchmere.