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Esperanza Spalding's New Album, Radio Music Society (Thread II)


January 6, 2012

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On March 20th, 2012, Heads Up International will release Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society, a companion to her 2010 album Chamber Music Society which earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist.

Each of the album’s 12 songs are accompanied by conceptual music videos, shot in various locations including New York City; Barcelona, Spain; and Portland, Oregon; available to purchasers of Radio Music Society as a digital download or a DVD on the deluxe version.

Spalding says about the album:

Originally I thought it would be fun to release a double album…One disc with an intimate, subtle exploration of chamber works and a second one in which jazz musicians explore song forms and melodies that are formatted more along the lines of what we would categorize as ‘pop songs.’

Those are the two things that really interest me, and it intrigues me to think about different presentation approaches while writing each kind of song.

Track List:

"Radio Song"

"Hold On Me"

"Let Her"

"Cinnamon Tree"

"Crowned and Kissed"

"Smile Like That"

"Vague Suspicions"

"Land Of The Free"

"Black Gold"

"City of Roses"

"I Can't Help It" (Stevie Wonder cover)

"Endangered Species"

Reply #1 posted 03/18/12 9:43pm

Identity

The "Black Gold" music video.

Spring tour itinerary:

Jazz singer/bassist Esperanza Spalding will unleash a world tour this spring as she drums up support for the impending 'Radio Music Society.' // Tour dates at SoundSpike

April 2012


18 - Buffalo, NY - Center for the Arts
19 - Cleveland, OH - Metro Campus Auditorium
21 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
22 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
24 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
25 - Portland, OR - McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom
27 - Hollywood, CA - The Music Box

May 2012


1 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
2 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
3 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
5 - Austin, TX - Paramount Theatre
23 - Paris, France - La Cigale
28 - London, United Kingdom

Reply #2 posted 03/18/12 9:46pm

Identity

Esperanza Spalding

Full album streaming @ NPR.

Reply #3 posted 03/18/12 10:10pm

MickyDolenz

It's called show business for a reason. It’s 90% business and 10% show. If you don’t know your business…you’re in trouble! ~ Johnnie Taylor / Basically, music is nothing but prostitution anyway and managers are the pimps ~ Millie Jackson
Reply #4 posted 03/19/12 6:40am

Identity

The deluxe edition includes 11 videos and bonus material.

Reply #5 posted 03/19/12 6:08pm

Identity

Reply #6 posted 03/19/12 7:06pm

WaterInYourBath

Cool. headbang

"You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup...Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee
"Water can nourish me, but water can also carry me. Water has magic laws." - JCVD
Reply #7 posted 03/19/12 7:41pm

KCOOLMUZIQ

An artist with Prince's magic earned her a grammy for best new artist over Justin Bieber...

princes like a "ACT OF GOD" N another realm.Of all people who might b aliens,angels.if found out prince wasn't of this earth, eye would not b surprised, prince is looking 4 like-minded individuals 'Y should eye do this becuz every1 is doing it?'"
Reply #8 posted 03/19/12 7:50pm

MickyDolenz

^^What does Prince have to do with anything?

It's called show business for a reason. It’s 90% business and 10% show. If you don’t know your business…you’re in trouble! ~ Johnnie Taylor / Basically, music is nothing but prostitution anyway and managers are the pimps ~ Millie Jackson
Reply #9 posted 03/19/12 8:14pm

WaterInYourBath

MickyDolenz said:

^^What does Prince have to do with anything?

THANK YOU. confused

"You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup...Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee
"Water can nourish me, but water can also carry me. Water has magic laws." - JCVD
Reply #10 posted 03/20/12 7:03am

2020

This is some great new music! Esperanza is fantastic!

[Edited 3/20/12 7:04am]

Check out MyMusicMix New Music Blog!!!

http://mymusicmixtv.blogspot.com/
Reply #11 posted 03/20/12 7:08am

Identity

Esperanza and her band jam to a live version of "Radio Song" on the David Letterman Show on Mar 19.

Reply #12 posted 03/20/12 11:01am

controversy99

Here are a couple of reviews (the first is mine, hope you enjoy it):

Esperanza Spalding's New Album: Beautiful. Will It Get Radio Play?

http://www.dominionofnewy...2jEt8U7Xko

Music review: Esperanza Spalding: ‘Radio Music Society’

http://www.washingtonpost...story.html

"Love & honesty, peace & harmony"
Reply #13 posted 03/23/12 3:02pm

vizionheiry

@controversy99

What an excellent and thorough review. You cover the overall theme and each song. EACH SONG! It's so rare to read album reviews with that much depth in this age.

Also, yr thesis is fasicinating!

~~~~~

I have been sleeping on Ms. Esperanza. Every time I've seen her perform live on tv shows, it's a snooze fest. I referred to her as a whisper-singer. I also saw the vide of Black Gold but it bored me. The song and video are full of tropes, albeit inspirational.

I've listened to Radio Music Society (on Spotify boxed) and I love it. I love it so much I almost don't have any favorites. The tracks are equally worthy of my ear. The one that stands out is her interpretation of Wayne Shorter's Endangered Species with Lalah Hathaway.

[Edited 3/23/12 15:11pm]

Reply #14 posted 03/23/12 4:35pm

MidniteMagnet

This album bored me to tears. I ended up selling both CDs of hers that I owned. Her voice is too boring and nondescript.

"Keep in mind that I'm an artist...and I'm sensitive about my shit."--E. Badu
Reply #15 posted 03/23/12 5:36pm

KCOOLMUZIQ

MidniteMagnet said:

This album bored me to tears. I ended up selling both CDs of hers that I owned. Her voice is too boring and nondescript.

Prince likes it & both admirations ultimately won her a grammy...

princes like a "ACT OF GOD" N another realm.Of all people who might b aliens,angels.if found out prince wasn't of this earth, eye would not b surprised, prince is looking 4 like-minded individuals 'Y should eye do this becuz every1 is doing it?'"
Reply #16 posted 03/23/12 5:48pm

smoothcriminal12

KCOOLMUZIQ said:

MidniteMagnet said:

This album bored me to tears. I ended up selling both CDs of hers that I owned. Her voice is too boring and nondescript.

Prince likes it & both admirations ultimately won her a grammy...

An opinion is an opinion. lol

My new album is available HERE: http://itunes.apple.com/a...mpt=uo%3D1
Reply #17 posted 03/23/12 11:50pm

coltrane3

MickyDolenz said:

I'm really surprised she covered "I Can't Help It" since another jazz/pop singer, Gretchen Parlato (sp?) covered it a few years back. Their versions sound similar. Not exactly the same, but there are some common elements.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=D69aT-IFelQ

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Reply #18 posted 03/26/12 4:10am

Identity

Album Review

by C. Barton

Link

No matter how you felt about Esperanza Spalding’s 2011 Grammy win — and if you’re still genuinely disappointed, it’s time for a long look in the mirror — there’s no questioning her willingness to live up to it. Conceived as a companion to her breakthrough “Chamber Music Society,” Spalding’s follow-up melds airtight jazz with pop, funk and soul with such disarming assurance that it could be shipped with an introduction from the bassist-composer reading, “Now that I have your attention...”

Also released in a deluxe edition with sumptuously filmed videos for 11 of its 12 songs, “Radio Music Society” primarily delivers the sort of upbeat head-bobbers celebrated in opener “Radio Song,” a quaint, lilting valentine to musical discovery anchored by Spalding’s nimble vocal and rubbery electric bass line. Like the soulful sway of lead single “Black Gold,” it manages to aim for those who might not ordinarily listen to jazz while keeping the music firmly in its bones. Saxophone great Joe Lovano guests on a percolating cover of Stevie Wonder’s “I Can’t Help It,” and 71-year-old drummer Billy Hart turns up on the swooning, big band-accented “Hold on Me.”

Two tracks co-produced by Q-Tip merge with the record’s breezy, jazz-funk bounce seamlessly, including “City of Roses,” a Banana Republic-commissioned valentine to her Portland home that’s about as idyllic and tourism-friendly as it sounds.

Sometimes Spalding’s ambitions get the better of her, as with the moody but meandering social commentary “Vague Suspicions.” Her interpretation of Wayne Shorter’s “Endangered Species” strains with such knotty, fusion-shaded complexity that there’s little room left to breathe. Still, there’s no arguing with Spalding’s talent for disregarding expectations while spinning her influences into something new. Where she looks next is anybody’s guess, but it’ll be fascinating to hear.

Reply #19 posted 03/26/12 6:12am

JoeBala

Here is my fav. shot I took of her a couple of years ago:

Just Music-No Categories-Enjoy It!
Reply #20 posted 03/26/12 6:42am

JoeBala

Free NYC show Tonight: http://www.apple.com/reta...4thstreet/

You need a wrist band to get in and they are available from at 9:00AM. Doors open at 7:30 PM the performance is at 8:00 PM.

[Edited 3/26/12 6:43am]

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Reply #21 posted 03/26/12 9:09am

Identity

Upload your pics here (if you manage to get some shots).

Reply #22 posted 03/26/12 9:37am

KCOOLMUZIQ

She looks like Prince new girlfriend Andy Allo...

princes like a "ACT OF GOD" N another realm.Of all people who might b aliens,angels.if found out prince wasn't of this earth, eye would not b surprised, prince is looking 4 like-minded individuals 'Y should eye do this becuz every1 is doing it?'"
Reply #23 posted 03/26/12 10:33am

BobbyDrake

awesome cd.

Reply #24 posted 03/26/12 2:20pm

MickyDolenz

I wonder why the article says she's covering Stevie, when he never put it out himself, and was first released by Michael Jackson. I think Susaye Green from The Supremes wrote the lyrics and Stevie did the music.

It's called show business for a reason. It’s 90% business and 10% show. If you don’t know your business…you’re in trouble! ~ Johnnie Taylor / Basically, music is nothing but prostitution anyway and managers are the pimps ~ Millie Jackson
Reply #25 posted 03/26/12 2:52pm

Identity

On occasion writers cite the original composer(s) of the song being covered instead of the performer.

[Edited 3/26/12 17:05pm]

Reply #26 posted 03/26/12 3:50pm

KCOOLMUZIQ

nod

princes like a "ACT OF GOD" N another realm.Of all people who might b aliens,angels.if found out prince wasn't of this earth, eye would not b surprised, prince is looking 4 like-minded individuals 'Y should eye do this becuz every1 is doing it?'"
Reply #27 posted 03/27/12 6:00pm

controversy99

vizionheiry said:

@controversy99

What an excellent and thorough review. You cover the overall theme and each song. EACH SONG! It's so rare to read album reviews with that much depth in this age.

Also, yr thesis is fasicinating!

~~~~~

I have been sleeping on Ms. Esperanza. Every time I've seen her perform live on tv shows, it's a snooze fest. I referred to her as a whisper-singer. I also saw the vide of Black Gold but it bored me. The song and video are full of tropes, albeit inspirational.

I've listened to Radio Music Society (on Spotify boxed) and I love it. I love it so much I almost don't have any favorites. The tracks are equally worthy of my ear. The one that stands out is her interpretation of Wayne Shorter's Endangered Species with Lalah Hathaway.

[Edited 3/23/12 15:11pm]

Thanks for your kind words on the review. I try to provide some detail in my reviews, so that people get something out of it. Glad you enjoyed it.

I'm still boppin to Radio Music Society. It makes me want to check out more jazz singers--old & new. Sarah Vaughan, for example, is an amazing singer, and yet I only have a few of her songs on some jazz compilation album. What a shame. Hmm, I might need to expand my collection a bit.

"Love & honesty, peace & harmony"
Reply #28 posted 03/31/12 7:56am

hjd

It makes me want to check out more jazz singers--old & new. Sarah Vaughan, for example, is an amazing singer, and yet I only have a few of her songs on some jazz compilation album. What a shame. Hmm, I might need to expand my collection a bit.

Try Dianne Reeves
Reply #29 posted 03/31/12 8:25pm

NaughtyKitty

Love it! Love her! music

Reply #30 posted 03/31/12 9:18pm

WaterInYourBath

KCOOLMUZIQ said:

She looks like Prince new girlfriend Andy Allo...

Wrong. Allo looks like Esperanza. Don't flip it around. rolleyes

"You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup...Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee
"Water can nourish me, but water can also carry me. Water has magic laws." - JCVD
Reply #31 posted 03/31/12 11:13pm

Identity

She's on the April cover of Bass Player magazine. It's on newsstands now.

Reply #32 posted 04/01/12 7:55am

JoeBala

I agree they look like twins: http://blacren.com/wp-con...yallo2.jpg

Just Music-No Categories-Enjoy It!
Reply #33 posted 04/01/12 8:13am

KCOOLMUZIQ

JoeBala said:

I agree they look like twins: http://blacren.com/wp-con...yallo2.jpg

nod

princes like a "ACT OF GOD" N another realm.Of all people who might b aliens,angels.if found out prince wasn't of this earth, eye would not b surprised, prince is looking 4 like-minded individuals 'Y should eye do this becuz every1 is doing it?'"
Reply #34 posted 04/07/12 11:25pm

Identity

Rallying The Bass

April 2012

'What's it like making music once you've made it into the mainstream?" an audience member asked Esperanza Spalding during the opening roundtable of this year's EMP Pop Conference, a gathering of some 2,000 musicians, critics, professors and students at New York University late last month.

It's the same as when you haven't made it into the mainstream, really," Ms. Spalding said. "At least it can be. It all depends on what you do once you're there." Ms. Spalding's unexpected 2011 Grammy Award for Best New Artist—the first such award for a jazz musician—inspired incredulous online protests from Justin Bieber fans and thrust her charming 2010 album, "Chamber Music Society," into a spotlight well beyond jazz's usual reach.

She likely attracted yet more fans when she sang a reverent version of "What a Wonderful World" during an "In Memoriam" segment at this year's Academy Awards.

The EMP roundtable was preceded by a screening of a short film that is available as a download; there's one to accompany each song on Ms. Spalding's new CD, "Radio Music Society" (Heads Up International). It's the sort of extra material usually reserved for pop stars. Yet even as Ms. Spalding's own star rises, she appears entirely committed to and comfortable in her roles as equal member and supporting player within small jazz ensembles.

At the Village Vanguard in January, eyes closed and hands in fluid motion along the fingerboard of her acoustic bass, Ms. Spalding bobbed her head side-to-side, the halo of her oversize Afro sometimes obscuring her fine features. This was challenging jazz, played in a collective trio with two standard-bearing female jazz musicians of the generation preceding hers—pianist Geri Allen and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. "You know the feeling of ice skating?" Ms. Spalding recounted in an interview a few days later. "It can feel so good, like forward motion with no resistance. You can turn and go anywhere, just glide. That's how I felt on that bandstand."

At 27, Ms. Spalding glides in several musical directions. During her Vanguard engagement, in and around interviews and photo shoots for her new CD, Ms. Spalding was in the studio recording with saxophonist Joe Lovano's Us Five, an innovative ensemble of which she has been a member since its start four years ago. "Before all the hype," said Mr. Lovano, who first directed her in student ensembles at Boston's Berklee School of Music, "you'd hear this young woman on bass, and she could just flat-out play. And she's not just playing a bass part, that's not what my band is about. She's playing ideas, developing ideas."

Beginning with her "Junjo," released at age 21 on the Spanish label Ayva, Ms. Spalding has emerged as a vocalist, bassist and songwriter firmly grounded in but also treading lightly on jazz tradition. She'd achieved some pop-culture notoriety before last year, including an appearance in Vogue magazine and a performance at the White House. Still, that Grammy was the game-changer. "But I'm still not sure yet what the Grammy means," Ms. Spalding said. "I see it as a tool. Will it serve my musical objective?" From the start, Ms. Spalding's objectives have appeared both wide-ranging and personal. Her 2008 Heads Up debut was, she said, "an appetizer sampler platter of who I am." "Chamber Music Society" was intended as "something intimate, where you ask the audience to lean into your space." Her new CD represents "my more extroverted side."

"Radio Music Society," on which Ms. Spalding plays primarily electric bass, is a crossover album, albeit from a musician who hasn't previously seemed bound-in. "Could we play the music in a way that doesn't water down what we do, and yet people who have no experience with jazz will relate to it?" she asked. Ms. Spalding thinks that jazz isn't a narrow idea for a niche audience. "It's just that people sometimes lack access to it."

Her new CD's opening track, "Radio Song," is meant to evoke "that moment when you discover a song on the radio, when it takes you away, saves the day." She hung on such moments while growing up in Portland, Ore., she said. Yet there's an irony surrounding the notion; music like hers lacks a radio home these days, and online listening habits often preclude serendipitous discovery. "There are some barriers through which a lot of good music can't pass," she said. "With this sheen of the Grammy, I figured maybe this would get through."

"I learned music as a communal effort," Ms. Spalding said. Her community for "Radio Music Society" includes Mr. Lovano and Ms. Carrington, on whose Grammy-winning "Mosaic" she sings and plays, as well as pianist Leo Genovese, a former Berklee classmate and longtime associate. It also includes two of Ms. Spalding's earliest mentors.

Pianist Janice Scroggins, among her earliest teachers and with whom she recently resumed studies, plays on one track. Trumpeter Thara Memory, in whose American Music Program Ms. Spalding first learned "the discipline that comes with loving to learn music," contributed horn arrangements; his students form the horn section on two tracks.

On the new CD, Ms. Spalding celebrates sophisticated musical structures that ride accessible grooves. She includes Wayne Shorter's "Endangered Species" (with her original lyrics) and Stevie Wonder's "I Can't Help It." Elsewhere, her compositions are complex yet pop-savvy. At their best, her lyrics open dialogues on deeper issues. "Land of the Free" is a brief hymnlike meditation on the exoneration of Cornelius Dupree Jr., a Texas man wrongly imprisoned for 30 years. "Vague Suspicions" considers the consequences of U.S. military actions in the Muslim world. Through her most tender and arresting vocal, she asks, "Am I part of war?"

Ms. Spalding's eyes widened when she spoke of a performance with pianist Herbie Hancock to celebrate the anniversary of Unesco, for which Mr. Hancock is now an ambassador. "I asked Herbie if I could compose something," she said.

"What she created was incredible," Mr. Hancock said recently over the phone. "It began like a child's clapping game and then expressed in mature words what this organization is all about." He hung up, and then called right back. "And did you see her on the Oscars? That nearly brought me to tears."

Ms. Spalding sees all these opportunities in the light of her earliest musical lessons. "As a child in Portland, I learned that music could be a nurturing, healing thing," she said. "I've never forgotten that."

http://online.wsj.com/art...45912.html

Reply #35 posted 04/08/12 10:29am

JoeBala

Just Music-No Categories-Enjoy It!
Reply #36 posted 04/08/12 12:10pm

SUPRMAN

smoothcriminal12 said:

KCOOLMUZIQ said:

Prince likes it & both admirations ultimately won her a grammy...

An opinion is an opinion. lol

If it's boring, winning a Grammy won't make it less boring.

I don't want you to think like me. I just want you to think.
Reply #37 posted 04/08/12 12:13pm

SUPRMAN

MickyDolenz said:

I wonder why the article says she's covering Stevie, when he never put it out himself, and was first released by Michael Jackson. I think Susaye Green from The Supremes wrote the lyrics and Stevie did the music.

Maybe the writer has a Stevie boot and that's how he's familiar with the song. As Stevie's.

I don't want you to think like me. I just want you to think.
Reply #38 posted 04/08/12 12:16pm

SUPRMAN

controversy99 said:

vizionheiry said:

@controversy99

What an excellent and thorough review. You cover the overall theme and each song. EACH SONG! It's so rare to read album reviews with that much depth in this age.

Also, yr thesis is fasicinating!

~~~~~

I have been sleeping on Ms. Esperanza. Every time I've seen her perform live on tv shows, it's a snooze fest. I referred to her as a whisper-singer. I also saw the vide of Black Gold but it bored me. The song and video are full of tropes, albeit inspirational.

I've listened to Radio Music Society (on Spotify boxed) and I love it. I love it so much I almost don't have any favorites. The tracks are equally worthy of my ear. The one that stands out is her interpretation of Wayne Shorter's Endangered Species with Lalah Hathaway.

[Edited 3/23/12 15:11pm]

Thanks for your kind words on the review. I try to provide some detail in my reviews, so that people get something out of it. Glad you enjoyed it.

I'm still boppin to Radio Music Society. It makes me want to check out more jazz singers--old & new. Sarah Vaughan, for example, is an amazing singer, and yet I only have a few of her songs on some jazz compilation album. What a shame. Hmm, I might need to expand my collection a bit.

I definitely need to expand my jazz beyond Miles. But I'm partial to male vocalists, so that where I probably should start but I just have to look.

I don't want you to think like me. I just want you to think.
Reply #39 posted 04/08/12 3:05pm

CynicKill

SUPRMAN said:

controversy99 said:

Thanks for your kind words on the review. I try to provide some detail in my reviews, so that people get something out of it. Glad you enjoyed it.

I'm still boppin to Radio Music Society. It makes me want to check out more jazz singers--old & new. Sarah Vaughan, for example, is an amazing singer, and yet I only have a few of her songs on some jazz compilation album. What a shame. Hmm, I might need to expand my collection a bit.

I definitely need to expand my jazz beyond Miles. But I'm partial to male vocalists, so that where I probably should start but I just have to look.

You're the first person I've heard say this.

Reply #40 posted 04/08/12 7:15pm

SUPRMAN

CynicKill said:

SUPRMAN said:

I definitely need to expand my jazz beyond Miles. But I'm partial to male vocalists, so that where I probably should start but I just have to look.

You're the first person I've heard say this.

Really? Most of my collection is male singers.

I realized after doing a playlist of all men for a daytrip with a friend that I have a definite preference for male singers.

For country and jazz, I'm sure my initial forays need to be male to hold my interest.

I don't want you to think like me. I just want you to think.
Reply #41 posted 04/09/12 6:17pm

JoeBala

She is on Jay Leno tonight.

Just Music-No Categories-Enjoy It!
Reply #42 posted 04/09/12 6:21pm

CynicKill

SUPRMAN said:

CynicKill said:

You're the first person I've heard say this.

Really? Most of my collection is male singers.

I realized after doing a playlist of all men for a daytrip with a friend that I have a definite preference for male singers.

For country and jazz, I'm sure my initial forays need to be male to hold my interest.

Maybe it's because women (to me) have always held the upper hand when it comes to Jazz vocalist. I mean they're almost a dime a dozen.

Reply #43 posted 04/09/12 6:30pm

SUPRMAN

CynicKill said:

SUPRMAN said:

Really? Most of my collection is male singers.

I realized after doing a playlist of all men for a daytrip with a friend that I have a definite preference for male singers.

For country and jazz, I'm sure my initial forays need to be male to hold my interest.

Maybe it's because women (to me) have always held the upper hand when it comes to Jazz vocalist. I mean they're almost a dime a dozen.

Which may be why most of my jazz is instrumental. But come to think of it, you're right.

I don't want you to think like me. I just want you to think.
Reply #44 posted 04/10/12 8:40am

JoeBala

Interesting interview goes beyond the music:

[Edited 4/10/12 8:50am]

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