Last Call Review: Esperanza Spalding/Emily's D +Evolution/Concord

Apr 2, 2016

Since winning the Best New Artist category at the 53rd Grammy Awards several years ago-and making history by being the first jazz artist to do so, Esperanza Spalding has been attracting attention to herself as a triple threat-bassist, composer, vocalist, in a series of appearances with some of today's top jazz artists as well as her 2012 release Radio Music Society.

The new record from Spalding may be a jarring experience to those who have grown accustomed to her work with jazz luminaries such as saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Tom Harrell.  Spalding is certainly a total professional with the bass either in a supportive capacity or as a leader.

Now with "Emily's D+ Evolution" Spalding creates a jazz-rock-r&b record which is a bold step beyond her previous recordings. Driven by intelligent, thoughtful lyrics composed by the bassist, the date, re-recorded in front of a live studio audience, packs a punch with twelve tunes.

Highlights of the recording include "Unconditional Love", "Earth to Heaven", "One", "Rest In Pleasure", and "Funk the Fear".  This new recording, released in March of this year, features excellent guitar work from Matthew Stevens, as well as Karriem Riggins on drums, Corey King on trombone and vocals; and others. 

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