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Spalding Esperanza

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Spalding Esperanza

This is Esperanza’s 4th album release in her music career. She is already a highly respected artist amongst her peers, but since being the first Jazz artist to win the 2011 Grammy for Best New Artist beating Florence, Mumford & Sons and Justin Bieber, she has gained the attention of mainstream media, propelling her career to new heights. Billboard have named her as a ‘Best Best for 2012' and President Obama is a fan “I love listening to Esperanza she is wonderful”.

  1. Radio Song
  2. Cinnamon Tree
  3. Crowned & Kissed
  4. Land Of The Free
  5. Black Gold (Special Guest: Algebra Blessett)
  6. I Can’t Help It
  7. Hold On Me
  8. Vague Suspicions
  9. Endangered Species
  10. Let Her
  11. City Of Roses
  12. Smile Like That

Review

Album Number three from Letterman’s favourite (ever) musical guest, performer of choice at multiple Obama functions and nominee for a Best Album Grammy (almost unheard of for a jazzer) continues with Spalding’s systematic dismantling of genre. Esperanza eases, nay hurls pop, funk and hip-hop into her jazz-soul stew.

She proves as adept on electric bass as acoustic and that voice is just amazing: phrasing straight out of the golden years of jazz singers astride percolating, infectious grooves that ease into spacy, majestic modal pieces like the wonderful ‘Vague Suspicions’. Guests include Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette and American Music Program, an 11-piece horn section. A worthy throwback to the heyday of the accessible yet ambitious jazz-pop hybrids of the Herbie/Stevie/Joni era. Hear this now.

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