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Radio Music Society (Deluxe Edition) [CD+DVD]

Esperanza Spalding Audio CD
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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 (2 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B006J1JJRY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Radio Song
2. I Can't Help It
3. City Of Roses
4. Vague Suspicions
5. Hold On Me
6. Let Her
7. Cinnamon Tree
8. Crowned & Kissed
9. Land Of The Free
10. Black Gold - Esperanza Spalding, Algebra Blessett
11. Smile Like That

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BBC Review

After the breakthrough of 2010’s Chamber Music Society, the album which saw bassist-vocalist Esperanza Spalding grab a Best New Artist Grammy as Justin Bieber’s publicists wondered, “Who’s she?” comes the tricky business of, “What’s next?”

Jazz snobs might already be turning up noses and closing down ears at a musician tainted by mainstream accolades, but Spalding was touring with saxophone colossus Joe Lovano a few months after waltzing off with the headline-making statuette. So everybody would do well to avoid a rush to premature judgment. In any case, as she showed on her 2008 album Esperanza, she really has her heart in that hallowed place in the 70s when soul, funk, jazz and Latin sounds liberally intertwined to break down the barrier between highbrow and pop sensibilities in African-American music.

She likes songs as well as solos. Her guiding spirits are Stevie Wonder and Wayne Shorter, both of whom she covers here. Hence there is no end of chordal finesse, finely wrought melodies, subtle but nonetheless hard-edged rhythmic pulsation, and above all a glowing sound canvas – electric piano colours à la Innervisions are dominant. Spalding is too able a musician to botch this template, so the obvious enquiry is: does she bring sufficient personality to the table to avoid being derivative?

For the most part, yes. There are times when the sources of inspiration are perhaps just too telegraphic, but a piece such as Cinnamon Tree, with its swish countermelody of hauntingly low, grainy strings has a subtle lyricism similar to what can be heard on Spalding’s auspicious 2006 debut Junjo, while a rollicking, densely layered reprise of Shorter’s sadly neglected gem Endangered Species shows a pleasing degree of lateral thinking. Furthermore, a quite sprawling list of star collaborators – the aforesaid Lovano, drummer Jack Dejohnette, and guitarist Lionel Loueke among others – ensures a high standard of execution.

While some may accuse Spalding of playing safe, the 27-year-old has produced quality material at this still early stage of her career. We know that she has talent as abundant as her Afro. The essential question is: what will it grow into?

--Kevin Le Gendre

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4.0 out of 5 stars Radio-Friendly and Hugely Impressive. 2 April 2012
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There is a lot to be impressed by here - in terms of the playing, compositions and arrangements. This is obviously a companion piece to Chamber Music Society. But these two album are very different. The "chamber" album was all acoustic and lightly orchestrated - it was gentle music inspired by nature.

This album however, has moments of chamber music calm, but generally it is funkier, with Spalding's own funky, electric bass lines to the fore. For any bass players, she is compulsive listening and the bass propels a lot of tracks into Jazz/Funk workouts that are complex and tricky.

Wayne Shorter's "Endangered Species" is a stand-out funky take on a Jazz original with added lyrics and great playing all round. Terri Lyne Carrington on drums is a great partner in the rhythm section and their intuitive musical relationship promises a lot.

The other memorable and radio-friendly tune here is Stevie Wonder's "I Can't Help it" - written for Michael Jackson; here it is Jazzier and trickier, but really stands out and Esperanza really makes it her own. But perhaps this is why I feel I can only give this 4 stars - the original compositions while clever and "difficult" are rarely memorable. Apart from "Black Gold", they impress with their musicianship, but the substance is not always there.

Most tracks have great playing from a big cast of great Jazz musicians and about half the tracks are arranged for a big band which is almost like a small orchestra. Textures and dynamic contrasts abound - but in the end they can't make up for a memorable tune and it is the arrangements of other people's tunes which really stand out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars radio music society 22 Feb 2014
By west57
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this is a great jazz album bought wish i had waited for the special editon (dvd) had the album a while now but still playing it a lot will buy more of her music in the future
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. 29 Dec 2013
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Classy jazz at it's best, A refreshing change. Although my teenage son hates it.!!! But he does like Em & em
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Esperanza 8 Dec 2013
By Pheebs
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Love combination of Esperanza 's songs. I saw the video of Black Gold and loved the song immediately, it prompted me to buy this cd. Happy with my purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 31 Oct 2013
By Mbaadz
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A fantastic album, from a very talented and versatile artiste, with each track showcasing this. My personal favourites being, 'Cinnamon Song' and 'Endangered Species'. Something new to be heard and felt, that's why I love this album 5/5 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars good tunes and voice 21 Sep 2013
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this is the 2nd album by esperanza i've recently bought. i wasn't disappointed. it's a fantastic album for anyone who's a fan, or loves a smooth, jazzy, modern soul-type sound. she's got a fantastic voice (possibly the best i've heard for years). my favourite tracks on this cd are 'radio song', 'black gold', and a great cover of the michael jackson hit 'i can't help it'. there are about 4 tracks on the disc i wasn't too struck on, but i guess as it was one of her first releases we'll excuse this. well worth a listen
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nu Jazz 9 Sep 2013
By Layla
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An amazing album for the price. It's greta to hear the new modern jazz artists. Jazz is not dead, but alive and being expressed in such wonderfully unique and organic ways like Esperanza Spalding who's musical expression is more than refreshing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Less improvised, more radio friendly... 26 Jun 2012
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In the past 6 years, Esperanza Spalding has released 4 superb albums, all very different in their own way. This fourth and most recent offering "Radio Music Society" possesses more soul and funk than any modern R&B record I have listened to this past decade. The arrangements are so laid back, her vocals are once again spot on and the lyrics are interesting and purposely chosen.

"Radio Song" is a great opener and blends Soul, Jazz and Funk to perfection. "Cinnamon Tree" is a very soulful ballad, quite similar to what Jill Scott could have composed at the top of her game, but with much more improvisation and interesting changes in the melody. "Crowned & Kissed" continues in the same vein and is yet again a delicious soul influenced uptempo Jazz composition with some great vocal harmonies. "Land Of The Free" is a quiet but effective Blues and Gospel influenced track. The lead single "Black Gold" is a lovely inspirational song with a sweet melody and wonderful vocals from both Esperanza and Algebra. It is followed by the wonderful Stevie Wonder cover "I Can't Help It" which adapts itself to Jazz so effortlessly. "Hold On Me" and "Vague Suspicions" possess a much stronger Jazz feel than the other songs and are very sentimental creations. "Endangered Species" is an intriguing pure slice of Funk, featuring the additional vocals of the songstress Lalah Hathaway and "Let Go" has a catchy funky chorus, reminiscent of the 70's. The magical "City Of Roses" is another exceptional song with a beautiful soulful chorus, making it the highlight of the album. "Smile Like That" ends the album on a positive and delicate note, with subtle arrangements, sweet vocals and uplifting lyrics.
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