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Black Gold: Esperanza Spalding + Algebra

Always a fan of both of these ladies, I’ve actually had the chance to meet and chat with Algebra on several occasions and she’s a wonderful woman indeed. ┬áThe video has made it’s rounds lately and it’s just beautiful don’t you think?

Esperanaza’s new album is titled “Radio Music Society.”

Radio Music Society is a companion, rather than a sequel, to Spalding’s previous disc, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. “Originally I thought it would be fun to release a double album,” she explains, “One disc with an intimate, subtle exploration of chamber works and a second one in which jazz musicians explore song forms and melodies that are formatted more along the lines of what we would categorize as “pop songs.” Those are the two things that really interest me, and it intrigues me to think about different presentation approaches while writing each kind of song. On the pop song side, I think about listeners who aren’t into jazz, but I also think about the people within my musical community who can interpret each idea best.”

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