Blue Note jazz pianist Robert Glasper joins Taylor McFerrin and Derrick Hodge in reinterpreting Radiohead – and the results are unexpectedly impressive
“What happens when you take one artist, one mic, one iconic recording studio and give them one chance to show their raw talent?” That’s the rather enigmatic mission statement behind the 1 Mic 1 Take series, a video venture by Vevo (the video site set up by the major labels).
The “iconic” studio in question is Capitol – home to hit recordings by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and The Beach Boys. Here, however, Blue Note jazz pianist Robert Glasper has hooked up with Bobby McFerrin’s son, Taylor, who, like his pops, is supplying musical accompaniment via his vocal cords. On bass is regular Glasper collaborator Derrick Hodge.
Above is the trio’s interpretation of Radiohead’s Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box from the 2001 album Amnesiac. And damn good it is, too.
If Glasper’s version has whetted your appetite to know what the original sounded like, check out the second video on this page.