Monday, March 12, 2012

LISTEN: Esperanza Spalding's "Radio Music Society"

If anyone cared to remember when I used to post more, they'd remember that I'd occasionally freak out because the folks over at NPR: First Listen offered something really special. 

Well, it's been too darn long.

Back in 2010, I wrote briefly about Esperanza Spalding's sophomore effort Chamber Music Society. Whether you're a jazz enthusiast or not, it's tough to deny that this 27 year-old woman is oozing talent. I was so taken aback by Chamber's odd and ghostly fusion of classical and jazz themes, that after only a few listens I stamped it on the top of my year-end list. 

At the time, I also began to anticipate her third record Radio Music Society. Where Chamber marketed itself as a tribute to that centuries-old genre, Radio promised the same approach, but with pop music. It was slated for release some time in the spring of 2011, or so I thought. I gave up that spring after not hearing much out of her camp. 

A month or so ago, Radio immediately shoved through all other musical thoughts in my head when Spalding released a video for "Black Gold", which resides on the first half of the new record. Before I keep telling my self-involved anecdote , enjoy the video:

There isn't much left to tell you other than that I'll finally be able to get my hands on Radio on March 20. For now, I'll be spinning it constantly over here, courtesy of NPR. In fact, I'm doing that right now. Who would've guessed?

Happy listening.

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