This is the stuff (new or old) that is getting heavy rotation in my iPod right now. Check it.
The Album: I was introduced to the music of Esperanza Spalding at a Roots concert in Philly back in June. She is a vocalist, bassist and composer whose music truly transcends musical categories. She is jazz, classical, Brazilian, African, soul and a whole bunch of other stuff that adds up to gorgeous music streaming into your ears. She talks about a lot of things to do with the human condition, love not the least among them, and she does so over a wide range of beautiful rhythms. The album, Esperanza, is one of those rare gems you can listen to from beginning to end without skipping over anything.
Favorite Tracks: This whole album really is a beast, but at the moment, my favorite tracks are “I Know You Know,” “I Adore You” and “She Got to You.” All three are just gushing with passion and excellent writing. The end of “I Adore You” ends with this African drum sequence that is so perfect and in a way, unexpected. Some songs like “Ponta de Areia” are not even in English (she speaks several languages), but I’ll be damned if you don’t feel the energy just the same.
If you like ___you might like Esperanza too: Erykah Badu, Les Nubians, Corinne Bailey Rae, Hugh Masekela