Mr. Arnold Frolows says “Loz If you haven’t checked her out already ….. Esperanza Spalding – “Radio Music and Society” fractured Jazz in her inimitable style. Take it or leave it but I’m in lurv with her. She’s a bass player …such a beautiful Chic.”
High praise, I must say. I’m not much of a Jazz fan…BUT Esperanza is something else.
This is the review of the Album from the Guardian, then hit the link for a listen…
This ambitious new album from the Grammy-winning singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding is star-packed (Q-Tip, Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette and Billy Hart, Lionel Loueke, Gretchen Parlato). Spalding’s charisma, whimsical poetry and enthusiasm for jamming still run through the heavily produced set. Horns and organ wrap around Spalding’s R&B vocal on Black Gold; misty classical string sounds ease in the gently funky Cinnamon Tree; Wayne Shorter’s Endangered Species is remade in the spirit of Shorter’s own version and from a jazz perspective Spalding never loses touch with. There are torchy swaggers, world-jazzy guitar grooves propelling smoky saxes, and political songs with only a Hammond organ for company. It’s predominantly a pop record, but it took a musician with a very broad view to make it this way.
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