Tuesday, August 17, 2010
ESPERANZA SPALDING: CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
Her new recording is called Chamber Music Society, reviewed by me today at PopMatters. It features a string trio and a second voice (Gretchen Parlato) in addition to a jazz trio (including, notably, Teri Lynn Carrington on drums). While fans of the last record may worry that "chamber music" and the addition of a string trio means that Spalding has wrecked the pop appeal of her music this time out with classical pretension, that is not the case.
Chamber Music Society contains plenty of snapping backbeat and sinuous melody, and the string arrangements are integrated into the music so that this does not feel like Spalding just grafted some High Cul-chuh onto her regular music. It is an extension of her sound, an expansion of her sound, not something altogether different.
That is a great place for jazz to be in 2010, and Esperanza Spalding takes the music there.