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5.0 out of 5 stars GRAMMY WINNER! ESPERANZA SPALDING EXPANDS HER AWESOME MUSICAL UNIVERSE, 10 April 2012
This review is from: Radio Music Society (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
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. Produced and mostly arranged by Esperanza herself, this is a magnificent musical and video achievement. 2013 Best Jazz Vocal Grammy-winning CD. Bravo, Esperanza Spalding! My Highest Recommendation! Five AMAZING Stars (CD+DVD: 14 tracks: Time: Music- 61 mins: 35 secs; Video-1 hr: 06 mins:27 secs.)
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