Esperanza Spalding: jazz singer/bassist-- sounds kinda like Flora Purim or Minnie Ripperton

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So I've been quietly evangelizing some ILX types toward this young lady and I decided I should finally just start a damn thread about her. She's got a bunch of brazilian rhythms in her music and sings in three languages in addition to excellent scatting and her voice is as pretty as the day. Her albums are both a bit inconsistent and her songwriting hits the occasional snag, but this chick is ridiculously talented. I hope I'm not underselling her. (I majorly crush on her, btw. XD)

"I Adore You"

"I Know You Know"

The Reverend, Thursday, 25 December 2008 10:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

And on Letterman's show...

http://pageman.multiply.com/video/item/75/David_Letterman-Esperanza_Spalding-June-4th-2008

curmudgeon, Thursday, 25 December 2008 16:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

ws

ice cr?m, Thursday, 25 December 2008 16:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

ha I already posted her in ws

The Reverend, Thursday, 25 December 2008 18:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

I like her. The album is a bit busy -- very much has the feel of a freshman "Look at all my talents!" effort, but good. I predict a more AAA radio-friendly follow-up.

ichard Thompson (Hurting 2), Thursday, 25 December 2008 19:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah she might as well get that norah jones money, if that's still a thing.

Tracy Michael Jordan Catalano (Jordan), Thursday, 25 December 2008 19:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

What's wrong with a young woman showing a little ambition? She's no freshman, either -- this is her second record as a frontwoman, she is already a professor at Berklee, and she was in an indie-pop-jazz band in Portland as a teenager: http://www.hushrecords.com/?page_id=48

Dimension 5ive, Thursday, 25 December 2008 19:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

Never said anything wrong with any of the above, other than just I find the record a little busy.

ichard Thompson (Hurting 2), Thursday, 25 December 2008 20:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

To be fair, Matt, she's been promoting this as a "debut" album even though it isn't in any sense. There does seem to be a bit of a clear break from her first album, being that the new one is a lot more vocal-oriented, but that's rather meaningless as far as chronology goes.

CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (The Reverend), Friday, 26 December 2008 10:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

Okay, I'll be fair from now on. *thinks*: what did i do wrong???

Dimension 5ive, Friday, 26 December 2008 14:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

dont think just do btw hav u heard animal collective merriweather post pavilion

ice cr?m, Friday, 26 December 2008 14:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

no i hav not, not really intrstd why

Dimension 5ive, Friday, 26 December 2008 14:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

well do u like the beatles then

ice cr?m, Friday, 26 December 2008 15:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

they r okay but i dont really listn to thm a lot, y r we havng ths convrstn in ths contxt

Dimension 5ive, Friday, 26 December 2008 15:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

do u ever try to remember some amazing song thats in the back of yr mind only to realize you dreamed it

ice cr?m, Friday, 26 December 2008 15:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

have u ever heard a angel sing

eman cipation s1ocklamation (max), Friday, 26 December 2008 15:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

ws

ice cr?m, Friday, 26 December 2008 15:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

do u ever wonder what it would song like if god played the guitar and sang songs

eman cipation s1ocklamation (max), Friday, 26 December 2008 15:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

> Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)

ice cr?m, Friday, 26 December 2008 15:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

go back there or start a new thread called 'quasi-philosophical and/or stoned musings from me' or something

Dimension 5ive, Friday, 26 December 2008 15:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

u catch on fast dimension five i admire that tell me tho have u ever heard the true story behind 9/11

ice cr?m, Friday, 26 December 2008 15:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

have u every wondered what it would sound like if the whole world had an orgasm at the same time

eman cipation s1ocklamation (max), Friday, 26 December 2008 15:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

>> Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)

ice cr?m, Friday, 26 December 2008 15:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

god dammit please dont keep being a dick

Dimension 5ive, Friday, 26 December 2008 15:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

omg totes unreasonable request

ice cr?m, Friday, 26 December 2008 15:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

To be fair, Matt, she's been promoting this as a "debut" album even though it isn't in any sense. There does seem to be a bit of a clear break from her first album, being that the new one is a lot more vocal-oriented, but that's rather meaningless as far as chronology goes.

― CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (The Reverend), Friday, 26 December 2008 10:25 (9 hours ago)

Yeah, but her first album was on a fairly small jazz/latin imprint from the looks of it and her current "debut" is on Heads Up

ichard Thompson (Hurting 2), Friday, 26 December 2008 20:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

Alright, didn't realize that.

(Matt, you may want to check out the Animal Collective thread. It only contains the greatest hoax ILX has ever has ever perpetrated against the internets.)

CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (The Reverend), Friday, 26 December 2008 21:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

by which above poster means 'a rickroll'

thomp, Friday, 26 December 2008 21:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah, but it's highly elaborate rickroll

CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (The Reverend), Friday, 26 December 2008 21:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

and perpetrated against Animal Collective fans

CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (The Reverend), Friday, 26 December 2008 21:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

well you kids are too meta-nu-skool for me, I think I have seen the date on my ILM tombstone today. ("and not a moment too soon," they replied)

Dimension 5ive, Friday, 26 December 2008 22:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

didn't think there was much i'd be less interested in than "animal collective" or "animal collective fans" but "a highly elaborate rickroll against animal collective fans" qualifies, kudos

lex pretend, Friday, 26 December 2008 22:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

esperanza spalding otoh sounds awesome

lex pretend, Friday, 26 December 2008 22:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

Rev pls start a new Spalding thread so I can follow along and enjoy the music...

intersting moran (PappaWheelie V), Friday, 26 December 2008 22:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

She's solid; much prefer the first album but v v v real live.
And super gorgeous.

plastic toy shark (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 30 December 2008 18:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

Hmm. Well I listened to the entirety of the album and it was nice enough, but maybe too much of a good thing. Or maybe just not enough of MY kind of thing. She sure is nice for putting a song into a mix, though. And I'd certainly go see her live if I had a chance.

With Oatmeal Sauce (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Tuesday, 30 December 2008 22:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

I wish I had gone to that show she did with Joe Lovano and Francisco Mela last month. I guess I'll have to wait until the record comes out. I did go and see this show. When did you see her, forks?

ilx chilton (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 31 December 2008 20:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

she's got a lovely voice and yeah, very talented, but ugh that coffee shop jazz template needs to go

expletive for lady parts (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 31 December 2008 23:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

The other day I heard the WBGO run down the Year In Jazz and she was the number one event.

ilx chilton (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 31 December 2008 23:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

xp: You can't blame the jazzists for being co-opted, even if some of them have been complicit. As (I think it was) Ice-T once said, "Don't hate the player, hate the coffeeshop." XP

The Reverend, Thursday, 1 January 2009 22:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

The combination of her recent profile in The New Yorker and finding Esperanza in a bargain bin at B0rd3r's led me to finally checking her out, I really like it. Not completely sold on the vocals just yet (I have a very difficult time with jazz vocalists that aren't the classics) but its pretty entertaining. Very interested to hear the imminent new album.

he's always been a bit of an anti-climb Max (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 8 April 2010 22:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

lol @ joe & max pimping the mpp rickroll upthread

"I Adore You" is still one of my favorite tracks of the past few years

goon vibrations (The Reverend), Friday, 9 April 2010 04:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

This could be cool:

http://www.amazon.com/Chamber-Music-Society-Esperanza-Spalding/dp/B003OFHMKO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1280843535&sr=1-1

I didn't take to the last one that much, but I definitely consider her someone for me to keep an eye on.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 3 August 2010 13:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

The new stuff is probably still too "la la la" mellow for me. I don't find it objectionable but I doubt it's something I'd ever be in the mood to listen to (at least not at this point in my life).

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 4 August 2010 02:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

EOMG I LUV BIEBER! ESERANZA GO KILL URSELF!

banjee trillness (The Reverend), Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:03 (six years ago) Permalink

ok i wondered why a jazz album was in the itunes top 10

he do the waka lyfe (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:03 (six years ago) Permalink

i haven't heard her solo recs, but she sounds good backing joe lovano on his new one

tylerw, Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:23 (six years ago) Permalink

start here if you haven't already:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1f8hACrttII

a professional climbing axe is a rich man's toy (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 16 February 2011 19:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Hope people just now checking her out don't judge her solely on Chamber Music Society. IMO, Esperanza is much livelier and more accessible.

Tyler/Perry's "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" (jaymc), Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:15 (six years ago) Permalink

(Haven't heard the first album.)

Tyler/Perry's "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" (jaymc), Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:15 (six years ago) Permalink

RIP

tylerw, Friday, 18 February 2011 22:48 (six years ago) Permalink

jk, hey you can hear her w/ joe lovano over here. sounds great. http://www.npr.org/2011/02/17/133838291/fivin-around-at-the-village-vanguard-on-jazzset

tylerw, Friday, 18 February 2011 22:49 (six years ago) Permalink

Just played the Letterman clip to the wife and we both loved it. How does the new, Grammy winner compare to that?

NYCNative, Friday, 18 February 2011 23:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Honestly I'm not 100% sold on the new one yet, I like the debut more but I don't feel like I've really spent enough time with the latest yet. A big stumbling block for me was that I hate 98% of jazz vocalists, but I loved her voice and her compositions.

rendezvous then i'm through with HOOS (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 18 February 2011 23:11 (six years ago) Permalink

Now that I've seen some interview footage, I think I have a crush on her. She is like the very embodiment of charming. I wish I could like the music more (but it's an uphill battle since my taste in jazz is so limited), but I'll at least keep trying what she puts out.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 19 February 2011 01:39 (six years ago) Permalink

at least she doesn't rely on annoying cymbal tapping

Poll Makossa (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 19 February 2011 14:33 (six years ago) Permalink

Ha.

banjee trillness (The Reverend), Sunday, 20 February 2011 05:51 (six years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

"baby's got bass"? nobody thought that was inappropriate?

dozens, maybe even hundreds, of vagina related screen names (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 25 August 2011 20:29 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm sorry, did I click on the rolling "is this racist?" thread?

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 25 August 2011 20:30 (six years ago) Permalink

nothing racist about it. it's meant to be a play on baby got back. and she's a bass player. but it casually reads as baby got ass. which seems a bad way to introduce Esperanza.

dozens, maybe even hundreds, of vagina related screen names (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 25 August 2011 20:37 (six years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Apparently she hangs with prince? He mentioned her on his recent Arsenio appearance.

calstars, Monday, 17 March 2014 02:34 (three years ago) Permalink

yup. she plays on some of his stuff as i understand it.

We hugged with no names exchanged (forksclovetofu), Monday, 17 March 2014 03:58 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

oh i guess i was not able to post one of those videos. it's here: http://www.npr.org/2016/01/08/462325734/esperanza-spalding-is-letting-emily-be-emily

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 8 January 2016 18:15 (one year ago) Permalink

joni mitchell vibes on that last one

calstars, Friday, 8 January 2016 18:27 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

so this album is WONDERFUL and also got bnm

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 4 March 2016 17:41 (one year ago) Permalink

OBSESSED WITH THIS

Tim F, Saturday, 5 March 2016 21:57 (one year ago) Permalink

ohhh?

Hey (Extended Mix), Saturday, 5 March 2016 22:32 (one year ago) Permalink

Earth to Heaven has some pure Joni vibes. Beautiful

calstars, Saturday, 5 March 2016 22:43 (one year ago) Permalink

Holy shit, "Rest in Pleasure" - I'm getting major King Crimson flashbacks. The guitar is a bit shoegazer indie too; I dunno, like Chapterhouse or something.

Jeff W, Sunday, 6 March 2016 12:51 (one year ago) Permalink

Omg this album. I was going to make Hejira and KC/Yes comparisons as well.

Hi! I'm twice-coloured! (Sund4r), Sunday, 6 March 2016 15:47 (one year ago) Permalink

this album sounds like fusion Janelle Monae? predictably, I love it

Hey (Extended Mix), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 09:56 (one year ago) Permalink

Ebony and Ivy is insane

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 18:09 (one year ago) Permalink

Nothing constructive to add here except more breathless praise. First album in recent memory I've listened to more than once in a row (and may go for a third today). The run from "Judas" to "Rest In Pleasure" is fucking amazing.

Also, Joni + Steely Dan + King Crimson + Yes + "sorta pretentious modern jazz / r&b" sounds like an album someone tells me about in a dream and I wake up cursing the universe that no such record exists

Maybe dangerous terrain here but how does this sound on vinyl? I'm wary of modern pressings sourced from the same master as the CD but I kinda want this

Wimmels, Wednesday, 9 March 2016 21:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Haven't listened to this (or any of her albums) yet but this Pitchfork interview is fucking great and makes me want to check her out.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 9 March 2016 23:35 (one year ago) Permalink

that interview is so bad ass

just sayin, Thursday, 10 March 2016 04:01 (one year ago) Permalink

annette peacock, guys

cock chirea, Thursday, 10 March 2016 05:17 (one year ago) Permalink

fuck, she sounds like harriet wheeler on "noble nobles"!

cock chirea, Thursday, 10 March 2016 05:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Noble Nobles reminds me of Airbag

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Thursday, 10 March 2016 05:45 (one year ago) Permalink

some pure Joni vibes. Beautiful

― calstars, Saturday, March 5, 2016 5:43 PM (5 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yea definitely

the p4k interview w/ her is great btw

marcos, Thursday, 10 March 2016 16:47 (one year ago) Permalink

loving this record!

niels, Thursday, 10 March 2016 17:39 (one year ago) Permalink

hehe and that no bs interview too

niels, Thursday, 10 March 2016 17:44 (one year ago) Permalink

this album is exceptional

akm, Thursday, 10 March 2016 18:03 (one year ago) Permalink

although, it is also exceptionally long and I can only take it in small doses

akm, Thursday, 10 March 2016 19:13 (one year ago) Permalink

This is cool, happy to hear it's exactly as described (Joni, Yes/Crimson). Has Pitchfork ever covered her before, or is this a new thing?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 10 March 2016 21:30 (one year ago) Permalink

want to like this so bad. it's like screaming headless torsos meets joni. some great playing and arrangements, yet it's still falling flat on me. like the production is too slick. too much funk/fusion clinic kind of playing. never really grooves. not a lot to hold onto. like the kamasi washington album, im glad this music is being made but it's just like... going through the motions or a genre exercise or something.

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 11 March 2016 01:01 (one year ago) Permalink

although, it is also exceptionally long and I can only take it in small doses

― akm, Thursday, March 10, 2016 2:13 PM (7 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

dude it's like 46 minutes long

Wimmels, Friday, 11 March 2016 02:26 (one year ago) Permalink

xpost I don't really like the funk/fusion clinic playing/production too much, either, and the novelty of the arrangements and busyness of the vocals does get a little exhausting, imo, so I can easily see why 46 minutes could feel twice as long.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 11 March 2016 13:27 (one year ago) Permalink

is it really only 46 minutes long? it feels longer.

akm, Friday, 11 March 2016 21:53 (one year ago) Permalink

tbh I could have done without the Willie Wonka song but I think the rest is perfect

Wimmels, Friday, 11 March 2016 22:23 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

whoa this is great

And the cry rang out all o'er the town / Good Heavens! Tay is down (imago), Tuesday, 24 May 2016 12:07 (one year ago) Permalink

this thread title

normcore strengthening exercises (benbbag), Tuesday, 24 May 2016 12:55 (one year ago) Permalink

xp: absolutely, this is very good except the proggy elements in the beginning which i don't like too much. she really sounds like joni's reincarnation of around "the hissing of summer lawns".

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 24 May 2016 12:57 (one year ago) Permalink

want to like this/her, and i prob need to listen to it more to be fairer, but i feel like she just has no personality to latch on to.

StillAdvance, Tuesday, 24 May 2016 15:05 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Saw her last night and she was just so talented and charismatic and doing her own thang it was almost uncanny. She was in character (as such), prancing around in a white jumpsuit and her goofy glasses, singing impossibly well into a headset mic and rocking what looked like a 5-string fretless. Music, per the album, was Living Colour (esp. her guitarist, who reminded me a lot, sonically, of Vernon Reid) meets Joni Mitchell. There was a stage set, a crazy "program" handed out at the start, backup singers/dancers, and she just killed it with no concern for the head-scratching it no doubt inspired.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 28 October 2016 19:56 (one year ago) Permalink

caught her June 23 2010 with McCoy Tyner -- and Reverend and this thread came to mind immediately

really was a fantastic show (and the DJ played "Ain't No Half Steppin'" as she left the stage iirc)

PappaWheelie V, Friday, 28 October 2016 22:05 (one year ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Next project.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAOezi2Ea0k

"This project is going to be a little different from other ones I've done. You buy a blank CD. Then over 3 days, I'll fill it with beautiful, spontaneously created music. And you can watch the whole thing unfold over Facebook Live. September 12 starting at 9 AM.

Order your blank CD now: http://found.ee/EspWeb-j

Only 7,777 copies will be available, so first come first served."

-Esperanza

Jeff W, Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:10 (three months ago) Permalink

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/07/jazz-star-esperanza-spalding-flutist-claire-chase-join-harvard-faculty/

I have been dying to tell ppl about this for the past week.

this iphone speaks many languages (DJP), Thursday, 27 July 2017 19:26 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

The Facebook Live feed has started...

http://www.facebook.com/EsperanzaSpalding/videos/10159220183305527/

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 12 September 2017 16:17 (two months ago) Permalink


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