Thursday, March 22, 2012

Esperanza Spalding - Radio Music Society (2012)

Esperanza is one of the hottest jazz stars to have emerged in the last 10 years. She is the first ever jazz musician to win the Best New Artist Grammy and has released four very exciting solo albums including the highly acclaimed 'Chamber Music Society'. Her amazing bass playing and vocals have also been highly sought-after by other artists including Terri Lyne Carrington, Stanley Clarke, Nicholas Payton and Joe Lovano.
But her new album 'Radio Music Society' shows a more funky side of Esperanza's music focusing on her songwriting skills and incredible electric bass playing. The new project merges R‘n’B, pop and neo-soul with her jazz roots, featuring compelling original songs alongside covers such as Stevie Wonder’s ‘I Can’t Help It’ and an incredible bass'n'scat closing take on Wayne Shorter's complex classic 'Endangered Species'. Alongside Esperanza's band, there's an incredible lineup of guests including drummers Terri Lyne Carrington, Jack DeJohnette and Billy Hart, saxophonist Joe Lovano and vocalists Lalah Hathaway, Gretchen Parlato and Q-Tip.

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