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1. Esperanza Spalding - Judas
2. Esperanza Spalding - Ebony and Ivy
3. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - Astonished Man
4. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - Departure
Esperanza Spalding - Emily’s D+Evolution - Concord Music Group
Esperanza Emily Spalding is an American jazz bassist, cellist and singer, who draws upon many genres in her own compositions.
Spalding was raised in Portland, Oregon and was a musical prodigy, playing violin in the Chamber Music Society of Oregon at age five. She was later both self-taught and trained on multiple instruments, including guitar and bass. Her proficiency earned her scholarships to Portland State University and the Berklee College of Music.
Her new album Emily’s D+Evolution is a tight package that should appeal to fans of Janelle Monáe and Joni Mitchell’s more jazzy endeavors, or anyone who is looking for some well crafted, ambiguous music, with elements of jazz, rock, and folk accompanied with some stellar singing.
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - A Man Alive - Ribbon Music
Her fourth album, A Man Alive!, is something of a full-circle move. Built from the bottom end on up, it's Nguyen's most rhythmically robust, gleefully discordant release to date. It also marks a return to the more self-analytical approach of her earliest efforts, yielding her most candid songwriting yet. These two approaches never feel at odds with each other somehow, and instead, A Man Alive! reinforces the symbiotic relationship between personal trauma and ecstatic physical release.
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