I used to hear Esperanza Spalding through the floor of my apartment as she practiced for classes at Berklee. I could tell she was good, but her music now excels at fusing the interaction of her band mates into a joyful whole.
Ms Spalding has a new album that shows off her music with a bit more tunefulness this time without giving up her usual multi-influenced style. The bebop elements are still there, dancing with Latin rhythms. The bass still duels with her voice. Her band is rock-solidly with her material. Though her style varies now from classical influences to avant garde, the sound is always pure Esperanza. Enjoy. There’s a bit of it here to hear below. Downbeat magazine says: “The most anticipated jazz album of the year has arrived, and Esperanza Spalding’s hook-filled Radio Music Society is an artistic triumph.”