One of the most talented musicians and vocalist of our generation. At the age of 28, Esperanza Spalding has taken the jazz scene by storm. Although not new to the business, winning a 2011 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, and performing TV tributes for Prince and Stevie Wonder, her 4th album “Radio Music Society” has finally hit main stream. Esperanza is a soulful vocalist with a jazz foundation, playing the upright bass.
Her 4th album debuted March 20th, 2012 and has an iTunes rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Not bad if I say so myself. Although Esperanza’s musical style is jazz, her music appeals to all. The album progressively pulls you in, starting out neo-soul/latin with a twist of jazz and by the end you have been completely suberged in jazz and haven’t even realized it. The progression of the album is so smooth and keeps you rockin throughout every song. With each song I found myself turning up the volume little by little. From feel good songs like “Radio Song” and “City of Roses” , to songs expressing love for our black men like “Crowned & Kisses” and “Black Gold”, or songs about life and love like “Cinnamon Tree”, “Land of the Free” and “Vague Suspicions”, you can vibe without skipping a track. Even her rendition of Michael Jackson’s “I Can’t Help It”, with its jazz twist will blow you away. “Radio Music Society” will take you for a ride, make you want to fall and experience love, and then make you want to become socially conscious of what’s going on in the world.
Esperanza is definitely an underrated and underexposed artist, who needs to be brought to light. I know for sure I will be buying her first 3 albums, and have truly become a fan.
Peace & Love
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Check out Esperanza’s video for “Black Gold” featuring Algebra Blessett.