From the mind, and fingers, of two-time Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist Robert Glasper, “Be Courageous” is a song that celebrates Kobe Bryant’s 20-year career, both its struggles and its soaring high points. The above film explores the Robert Glasper Trio’s creative process and inspiration for the song.
Glasper’s choice of 4/4 and 6/8 time signatures, which define the track’s structure, goes deeper than jazz convention. The numbers align with a significant event in history: the assassination of a great leader on April 4, 1968 (4/4/68) in Memphis, Tennessee, at the Lorraine Motel. Additionally, Glasper draws inspiration from the city’s rich musical heritage — including pioneering labels like Stax Records, whose artists frequented the Lorraine Motel, which itself was a catalyst for community growth and support.
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