Content by tag "Junjo"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Esperanza Spalding: Junjo

Read "Junjo" reviewed by Jim Santella

Esperanza Spalding's debut drives jazz's modern mainstream with a hip-sounding classic piano trio. Her emotional, wordless vocals and conversational bass playing offer a delightful celebration of music as folk art. Spalding's bass playing gets noticed while she interprets traditional jazz favorites as well as fresh new originals.

Spalding, who was born in 1984, is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Esperanza Spalding: Junjo

Read "Junjo" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

The debut recording by this 22-year-old Berklee instructor and Portland, Oregon native features Brazilian-inflected jazz in the company of Cuban bandmates, released by a Spanish record label. Put that way, Junjo sounds terribly worldly and logistically complicated, but in fact the record comes across as an intimate affair executed with a light touch.

The Brazilian accent ...