“Be Courageous,” composed by two-time Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist Robert Glasper, celebrates the full breadth of Kobe Bryant’s 20-year career, encapsulating its struggles and soaring high points. The above film explores the Robert Glasper Trio’s creative process and inspiration for the song.
The new “Be Courageous” track includes the 4/4 and 6/8 time signatures and symbolically goes beyond jazz.
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.
The Robert Glasper Trio at work in the studio.
Vicente Archer, bassist for the Robert Glasper Trio.
Damon Reid on drums.
The story also inspires the KOBE 11 BHM 4468 shoe, which features an emblematic record on the tongue and other details connecting to the musical storyline. The shoe, part of the larger 2016 Black History Month Collection, isavailable now.
Furthermore, fans are encouraged to submit their favorite highlights of Bryant’s career in the comment section on the Nike Basketball soundcloud.com page after listening to the music score from the Robert Glasper Trio.
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