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Esperanza Spalding: No More Bass?
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Esperanza Spalding: No More Bass?

Esperanza Spalding has followed up last year’s Exposure with 12 Little Spells, a twelve-song album that focuses on using music as therapy. It came to her in a wash of inspiration while trying to write a single song before “developing the next full thing.” Each of the songs focuses on a different part of the body with videos and art...

Esperanza Spalding Teases New Album with Burniss Travis on Bass
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Esperanza Spalding Teases New Album with Burniss Travis on Bass

Last year, Esperanza Spalding shocked the world by creating Exposure, an album created on the spot and completely live-streamed on Facebook over 77 hours. Now she’s revealed her next album, 12 Little Spells, will be available in October with another unique release. Starting on October 7th, Spalding will release one song per day on her website and social platforms until...

Esperanza Spalding: I Adore You
Bass Videos

Esperanza Spalding: I Adore You

Esperanza Spalding performed at the International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert in Havana, Cuba in 2017. Joined by Yaroldi Abreu (percussion), Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Bobby Carcasses (vocals), Antonio Sanchez (drums), and Christian Sands (piano), here’s their stunning performance of Spalding’s tune “I Adore You.”

Esperanza Spalding Announces New Album
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Esperanza Spalding Announces New Album

Seven seems to be a lucky number for Esperanza Spalding. In a new 77-second video, the bassist announced her new project, entitled Exposure, which will be written and recorded during a 77-hour Facebook Live stream in September. The finished product will be limited to 7,777 CDs. Spalding announced the innovative new album in this video: “Once the cameras start rolling,...

Snarky Puppy with Esperanza Spalding: Grown Folks
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Snarky Puppy with Esperanza Spalding: Grown Folks

Although this is a fan-shot video, it’s too good to pass up. Snarky Puppy and Esperanza Spalding both performed at the GroundUP Festival earlier this year. Spalding joined Michael League and the crew for their song “Grown Folks” from . The bassists trade off on playing the bass line with Spalding taking an unbelievable vocal solo halfway through the tune.

2016 Reader Favorites – #10: Esperanza Spalding
2016 Reader Favorites

2016 Reader Favorites – #10: Esperanza Spalding

2016 was a big year for Esperanza Spalding, who released her fifth album, Emily’s D+Evolution. “I knew it was loud, and I knew it was electric. I knew when it wasn’t done, and I knew when it was. Beyond that, there wasn’t much of a plan,” Spalding told NPR about the new record. “I sought out those musicians, and talked...

Esperanza Spalding Announces Extensive Fall Tour
Concerts & Tours

Esperanza Spalding Announces Extensive Fall Tour

Esperanza Spalding is taking her show on the road once again this fall in support of her latest album, Emily’s D+Evolution. The two-month outing will include North American and South American dates with a handful of festival performances mixed in. Spalding will play the Richmond Jazz festival in Virginia on August 13th before regrouping in September for the John Coltrane...

Esperanza Spalding: Unconditional Love
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Esperanza Spalding: Unconditional Love

Esperanza Spalding recently visited the Skype Live Studio for 101.9 KINK FM’s broadcast and performed “Unconditional Love”. The song appears on Spalding’s fifth album, Emily’s D+Evolution.

Hal Crook, Featuring Esperanza Spalding: Never Again
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Hal Crook, Featuring Esperanza Spalding: Never Again

Berklee recently celebrated the music of trombonist Hal Crook (who graduated Berklee in 1971). The lineup for this was pretty impressive, with Berklee alum Esperanza Spalding on vocals and bass, saxophonist Chris Cheek, pianist Leo Genovese, Lionel Loueke and drummer Antonio Sanchez. Here’s the group performing Crook’s tune “Never Again”.

Esperanza Spalding: One
Bass Videos

Esperanza Spalding: One

Esperanza Spalding released her fifth album, Emily’s D+Evolution, earlier this month. Here’s the official video for “One” from the new album. Love that bass tone and the vocals – as always.