Blessed with uncanny instrumental chops, a multi-lingual voice that is part angel and part siren, and a natural beauty that borders on the hypnotic, the 23-year-old prodigy-turned-pro might well be the hope for the future of jazz and instrumental music. If "esperanza" is the Spanish word for hope, then bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding could not have been given a more fitting name at birth. "She is an irresistible performer," says The Seattle Times. "She sings and plays bass at the same time and does a sort of interpretive dance as she plays…Her analysis of what's going on in jazz today is perceptive." "Those following jazz ought to keep an ear on the bassist ESPERANZA SPALDING, who is going about things her own way. The Esperanza Spalding experience is light, melodic, joyful, always sort of minimalist and airborne." - Ben Ratliff, New York Times
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