My friend Dos was the first person to introduce me to the music of Esperanza Spalding, and this was the first tune that made me realize her genius.
Taken from her 2008 release, Esperanza, “Precious” is a gorgeous groove that is a perfect blend of jazz and R&B. The bass line is infectious – and fun to play – and her soaring vocals ooze with emotion.
Here’s a more intimate duo version of the song performed with drummer Otis Brown at Amoeba Hollywood in February 2009. Sit back and enjoy.