These names, Wayne Shorter, Stevie Wonder, and Funkadelic just begin to describe the musical spectrum that is the experience of, and the wonder in, the energy of creativity that is Esperanza Spalding.
She owns the way she creates. She nods in the directions of those who have influenced her with many solid bridges between eras, genres and generations. Get your head and ears around bridging Cream to the many horizons of Shostakovich. It is the way she respects and blends different arts that brilliantly colors the journey the listener enjoys.
The artistry is a blend too. It is at once courageous and brave, powerful and provocative.