AO Esperanza Spalding:
Ebony Magazine has said this: “Ms. Spalding is …enamoured of Wayne Shorter’s harmonic depth and Stevie Wonder’s melodic lift…” She may well be so enamoured and influenced but her output is unique. An original, she is an artistically provocative genre bender as a composer, player, and vocalist. The body of work is well grounded in jazz traditions but at the same time it is never restricted by anything. Every project is an expression of innovation. Words to describe her include elastic and shape-shifter. She champions the concept of life force. Check it out; hashtag it; look it up. It is beauty and an energy and it is all over the music she has made and the music she makes.