Esperanza Spalding Chamber Music Society
Already hailed as a phenomenon at the ripe old age of 24, and with only a single domestic album to her credit, Esperanza Spalding continues pushing the envelope with her current Chamber Music Society project, exploring the ties between jazz and classical, and next spring's Radio Music Society, which is supposed to be a new fusion of jazz, funk, hip-hop, and rock. Spalding has a charismatic stage presence, is a wonderfully supple singer with a particular gift for contemporary scatting, an accomplished jazz bass player, and a fine composer and arranger. Accompanied by a classical string trio plus her usual piano and drum setup on Chamber Music Society, Spalding creates music that so deftly spans genres that the result is almost impressionistic in a painterly sense, blurring edges until they disappear, no more so than on her exquisite duet with Milton Nascimento on her own "Apple Blossom." She and Gretchen Parlato also engage in some complex, subtly spectacular vocal feints on Jobim's "In til Paisagem." At the Dakota, Spalding will be accompanied by pianist Leo Genovese, drummer Francisco Mela, a string trio, and singer Leala Vogt. (Photo by Sandrine Lee)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Starts: Sept. 21. Continues through Sept. 22, 2010
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