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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: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B005VR9C42
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,268 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Radio SongEsperanza Spalding 6:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Cinnamon TreeEsperanza Spalding 5:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Crowned & KissedEsperanza Spalding 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Land Of The FreeEsperanza Spalding 1:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Black Gold [feat. Lionel Loueke]Algebra Blessett and Esperanza Spalding 5:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. I Can't Help It [feat. Joe Lovano]Esperanza Spalding 4:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Hold On MeEsperanza Spalding 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Vague SuspicionsEsperanza Spalding 5:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Endangered Species [feat. Lalah Hathaway]Esperanza Spalding 6:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Let HerEsperanza Spalding 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. City Of RosesEsperanza Spalding 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Smile Like ThatEsperanza Spalding 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 

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1. Radio Song
2. Cinnamon Tree
3. Crowned & Kissed
4. Land Of The Free
5. Black Gold
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

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Burgess on 28 Mar. 2015
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I can't find adequate words to express how brilliant is the musical genius of Esperanza Spalding, as a singer, bass player and composer. In this latest project, she steps up the complexity of arrangement, mixing jazz with funky Motown, Jackson Five-like harmonies. Watching her perform live, one sees how effortlessly she entertains from a place deep in the heart, while playing the bass with understated but brilliant technicality, melodically a like a modern Jaco Pastorius, singing with grace and beauty that is hers alone, and communicating with the audience all at the same time, with charm to melt the hardest heart. This is one of the most brilliant (and complex) bits of music I've heard in a long time. Yet it is not pretentious at any level, as technical jazz can be. Having been disappointed by Junjo it was a pleasure to feel that this album immediately made up for everything. This is going to be one of those long-standing favourites. Now where is my bass? I suddenly feel the need to play it ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By worldjazzstore on 21 Sept. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Layla on 9 Sept. 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mbaadz on 31 Oct. 2013
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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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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By RBSProds TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 April 2012
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Five HUGE Stars! Another major milestone achievement for bassist, singer, composer, arranger, and leader Esperanza Spalding! She seems to be all over these days, singing at the White House and the Academy Awards, fronting her own groups at festivals, winning jazz polls, performing with legendary jazz personages like Joe Lovano and Terri Lyne Carrington, and she shocked the music world becoming the first Jazz artist to win the "Best New Artist" Grammy in 2010. Following up her well-received Chamber Music Society, she expands her universe with this amazing "Deluxe" package of music CD, detailed liner notes with song lyrics, and a spellbinding one-hour video of "Radio Music Society-The Movie" that weaves the songs into visual stories. Esperanza plays both upright acoustic and electric bass. The star-studded cast that includes, among others, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jack DeJohnette and Billy Hart on drums, Gretchen Parlato, Algebra Blesset, and Lalah Hathaway on vocals, and Joe Lovano on tenor sax. This is marvelous music that combines jazz, R&B, soul, and funk, sung magnificently by Ms Spalding backed by "American Music Society" groups of up to 12 musicians. All songs are uniformly excellent, but the 'best of the best' includes the pure funky beauty of "Black Gold", a superb cover of Stevie Wonder's "I Can't Help It" with tenor sax titan Joe Lovano in solo and support, the shocking ending of the beautiful "The Land of The Free", the torch song "Hold On Me" reinforces the fact that she is already one of the best jazz vocalists around, and a lovely hip treatment of Wayne Shorter's "Endangered Species" with her own lyrics is now the definite version of this song.Read more ›
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