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From the beginning of her life to her current success as a creative musician, Esperanza Spalding has charted her own course. The young bassist/vocalist/composer was one of the biggest breakout stars of 2011—not just in jazz, but in all genres of music. Her receipt of the 2011 GRAMMY® for Best New Artist was unprecedented—the first time a jazz musician had won the award— ... Read more in Amazon's Esperanza Spalding Store

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  • Audio CD (28 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heads Up
  • ASIN: B0014HC56K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,708 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'Esperanza' the album which helped shoot the jazz bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding into international fame, is now available at mid-price. It's an album that showcases a brilliant mastery of her instrument and a voice brimming with emotion and subtle confidence.

Review

(4 stars) A dazzling showcase of her gifts...if talent counts for anything, she's about to take over the world. -- MOJO, (Chris Ingham), September 2008

(4 stars) Combines pristine technique with soulfulness...One of the most exuberant jazz albums of the year so far.
-- The Sunday Times, (Clive Davis), July 13, 2008

(5 stars) Esperanza Spalding is the brightest new star to swim into my ken for years...her US group is dynamite. -- Evening Standard, (Jack Massarik), May 23, 2008

Singer, bass player, writer, composer, arranger and still ridiculously young and attractive, Spalding is gifted with so many talents.
-- Jazzwise, (Andy Robson), June 2008

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Johnson VINE VOICE on 24 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Spread the word, there's a new lady in town: Esperanza Spalding, and she's bringing her 'A' game to the area of music called Jazz. And what a refreshing brew it is. Using her skills as a bassist, accompanied by her brilliant voice, which can be heard in three languagues (English, Portuguse & Spanish), this her sophomore presentation, is a mature offering for one so young (she's 23)
What I love about this CD is the variety on offer. You have straight on jazz, a samba selection, and a soulful selection, all wrapped into one CD.
The bonus that Ms Spalding has is that along with her skills as a bassist, she has a great voice, that I would imagine, along with her looks, would make her a marketing dream. But she still has to deliver the goods, and she does: form the soulful' I Know that you know', the quiet stormish ' Fall In', the sambaish' I Adore You', and the haunting 'Samba Em Preludio, which I couldn't get out of my head the to name just a few of the highlights of this CD. This is a solid set that should make this young lady a star, if there's any justice in the music world. My CD of the year thus far
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Elizabeth on 29 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have to say that I saw and heard Ms Spalding sing and play the guitar and bass at the Pori Jazz festival, Finland, several weeks' ago. What a talent! This album is filled with fantastic jazz tunes such as I know you know and Precious. The only downside for me was the fact that the song "Jazz" is not on this album. This is a song she performed at Pori. A stunning album nevertheless! Hats off to Ms Spalding!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By olly on 18 Dec. 2010
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This is the only disc i have had the pleasure of owning by this young jazz artist.She is very adept at covering a wide range of styles and ,although principally a jazz artist offers shades of r&b into her repertoir, and has a soulful voice that marries her double-bass playing perfectly.In turns Esperanza is funky,trad-jazz or late-night smoke filled smooth jazz.Perfect for a dinner party,but probably too good to be used for background music.Some of the material is sung in a foreign language,but don't let that put you off,she is never less than captivating and would probably be great to see live.I recently read praise for her from rodrigo y gabriela which is recommendation enough from such virtuoso guitarists.Excellent stuff.I will buy more without hesitation!
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Four and a half ENJOYABLE Stars!! A star is born! On her second CD (billed as a debut, but the successful CD Junjo is already out there) Esperanza Spalding, the petite young lady with the spectacular afro hairdo, is revealed as a 23 year-old jazz phenom who is packing a triple whammy: she has a lithe and lovely golden-toned voice; has prodigious, fleet-fingered double bass technique; and produces artful musical compositions and lyrics. And she often uses them simultaneously in a spellbinding manner, sometimes singing in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and in what can only be described as 'Esperanza-ese'. Ms Spaldilng has appeared in DownBeat magazine, performs at jazz festivals, and has played with mentoring heavyweights such as Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke, and Joe Lovano. And at age 20 and already an alumna, she was the second youngest faculty member at the prestigious Berklee College of Music (a teenaged Metheny was the youngest).

The 'best of the best' begins with a bouyant version of Milton Nascimento's classic about a place called "Ponta de Areia" (Sand Bridge) built over a repetitive piano-bass figuration with her voice soaring above it all backed by Gretchen Parlato. "Fall In {Love}" and "I Know You Know" show her wonderful ballad and uptempo singing abilities, respectively. "Cuerpo and Alma" (a double-timed Spanish language version of the classic "Body and Soul") based on Ms Spaldings eight-note bass motif is sweetly and poignantly sung featuring a hard-driving Tynerish piano solo by Leo Genovese: and the concept works. And her pizzicato bass playing throughout the CD is very impressive, especially the 'tour de force' "Mela" where she scores big on both bass solo and a soaring, swooping vocal solo.
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If anyone is willing to take a bet on the next most likely big name in jazz, surely bassist / singer Esperanza Spalding is worth a punt. Still only in her mid-twenties, she has already attracted much attention in the State and currently plays bass in Joe Lovano's band. Although not her first offering, this eponymous CD is her most profile and features her tight band of Leo Genovese' piano, Jamey Haddad's percussion and the drums of Otis Brown. On some of the tracks, this group is augmented by Donald Harrison's alto and the pithy trumpet of Ambrose Akinmusire with some tunes incorporating either backing vocals or multi-tracking. If this suggests a over-produced piece of pop-jazz, the edginess of much of this music quickly dispels this notion. The leader switches between acoustic and electric bass with equal facility.
The opening track is Milton Nascimento's beautiful "Ponta De Areia" which received a nice treatment and is a pretty strong opener. Elsewhere, the disc is essentially made up of Spalding originals which, by and large, tend to hit the spot, with "Fall in", a effort for voice and piano, demonstrating her craftsmanship as a songwriter. Much of the material has a Brazilian feel to it but with the kind of bite that marked Tania Maria's best work of the early 1980's such as "Come with me." This is typified by the likes of "I adore you" whose title belies its ebullience. Elsewhere, the only standard, "Body & Soul", is re-shaped with a boisterous vamp from the leader's bass and some Portuguese lyrics and emerges as probably one of the most original arrangements since John Coltrane's. This is one of the highlights of a very strong album and allows the band to stretch out in a fashion that will appeal to most, hardened jazz fans.
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