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Guitars and Concerts. Blessings and Breaks. More on what that means when you Click Here:

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So what are these Blessings, you ask? I was just offered a wonderful writing position with the KICKASS site, Autostraddle. Wow. Wowwee wowwow. Now, if you’re from the old school, you remember that Autostraddle was one of the first sites to show love and appreciation to me… just at a time where I really needed it. Well ever since then, we’ve been following each others awesomes and plotting out the right time to form like Voltron to give you some of the best fucking music you’ll ever be exposed to. Crystal and the amazing editors at AS have decided that now is that time. *humbled.*

Guitars and Concerts? Well tonight was an amazing night. A fairly normal night for what I do, but still amazing nonetheless. You can’t complain after an evening of wonderful music provided by Zoe Keating and her SuperCello, Kaki King and her 9011 guitars… sitting backstage in the house Jon Brion built. Real Instrument Playing Appreciation Night. Its going down. Not to mention my bestie Matt Melvin making the drive from San Diego to hang out for a while. I was surrounded by win this evening. It was a great feeling. Windy is all over the video, as usual.

Anyways, with that being said… here’s where the Breaks part comes in. When the boss is in town, its time to get to work. There will be traveling involved, so I won’t be on my computer (like THAT) for a minute.  Also; with the new writing gig

...and the other 4. 7 is the magic number.

at Autostraddle… along with kickin it over at the World Famous Potholes… I’m going to have some writing pieces Ima need to focus on. I have to sound like I’m creditable and like I know wtf I’m talking about… so we’ll have to gear all my good vocabulary and vernacular that way for a minute. But I’ll still be here, randomly writing my ass off about whatever, and then not editing the shit, making me look like a total dork.

On top of all that… Its time to start getting serious about finishing the archival for the site and new layout. You guys know ive been wanting to update my baby for a while, but the health of my friend who is doing this site take priority (hey Chris… I love you. Get Better). The less I post, the faster it can get done… so we’ll see how that goes.

I wont be going anywhere. I’ll be around to update you and hopefully post up the new Dee-1 Interview I just finished.  Until then, just go through the archives, because im sure you havent read everything I’ve posted. You do that, and I’ll see you guys in a few days.

Love,
Me.

p.s.
I LOVE ANITA BAKER OH MY GOD.
That is all.

I'm inviting you to My Little Secret: Rachelle Ferrell Live at Catalina Jazz Club – April 7th. Links:

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She's SO COOL.


I’ve talked about Rachelle Ferrell before (click here and act like you know).
At this point, it will be my 4th time seeing her in the same amount of years. And every time I go, the turnout grows just a bit more and more. It started with taking mom as a gift for mother’s day… and continued on ever since then. Why? Because she continues to give one of the best Live Jazz Performances I’ve seen. In a small venue format. Its AMAZING. This woman does everything. From singing with an 8 Octave range (INCLUDING THE WHISTLE REGISTER PEOPLE) to scat-vocals to BeatBoxing better than your favorite rapper… Rachelle Ferrell is possibly one of the greatest and UNDERRATED vocal talents of all time. OF ALL TIME. ©kanye.

You can click here to buy tickets… I already have. And I’m inviting buddies. I don’t care if you’ve never heard of her or her music before. You should get familiar and see this woman while you can. Eventually I’ll get around to making another appreciation post. Until then, you google this woman and witness her GREATNESS.

I’m inviting you to My Little Secret: Rachelle Ferrell Live at Catalina Jazz Club – April 7th. Links:

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She's SO COOL.


I’ve talked about Rachelle Ferrell before (click here and act like you know).
At this point, it will be my 4th time seeing her in the same amount of years. And every time I go, the turnout grows just a bit more and more. It started with taking mom as a gift for mother’s day… and continued on ever since then. Why? Because she continues to give one of the best Live Jazz Performances I’ve seen. In a small venue format. Its AMAZING. This woman does everything. From singing with an 8 Octave range (INCLUDING THE WHISTLE REGISTER PEOPLE) to scat-vocals to BeatBoxing better than your favorite rapper… Rachelle Ferrell is possibly one of the greatest and UNDERRATED vocal talents of all time. OF ALL TIME. ©kanye.

You can click here to buy tickets… I already have. And I’m inviting buddies. I don’t care if you’ve never heard of her or her music before. You should get familiar and see this woman while you can. Eventually I’ll get around to making another appreciation post. Until then, you google this woman and witness her GREATNESS.

Esperanza Spalding's Pre-Grammy | Post-Grammy Interviews; Speaks on New Album, "Radio Music Society."

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Late to the party, but who cares. I still need to take some time to point out The first Jazz Musician to win Best New Artist Grammy. Amazing. If you haven’t seen this yet, take for 4 minutes of your life to get acquainted with the already legendary Esperanza Spalding. Her focus on education is constant and impressive; speaks on finishing NEW album, “RADIO Music Society.” This will be filled with awesome.

*Update: She also did a short interview with The Grammy Staff right before the show as well. #signs

Also, in short; because I refuse to go any more into it than this, but yeah.
This is just my honest opinion.

Fuck Justin Bieber, his Management Staff/Camp/Entourage, and his 7 million followers on twitter for their disgusting actions and reaction to his well deserved loss at the grammys. AND their actions towards that Selena Gomez kid too. His entire fanbase looks psychotic at this point, and is a direct reflection of EVERYTHING that is wrong with Music Culture, Appreciation and America in general.  If anyone didn’t let him know, your fans are a direct representative of YOU, you idiot. You had the power to tell those kids to lay off… instead, you CLEARLY instigated the situation. If you were reading the tweets at the time, you would have known about their incessant complaining, vandalizing of her wiki page and endless insults. You knew what you were doing.

I had respect for the little boy and his story, but after the reception of his fans and Esperanza’s story… It’s a wrap.

That is all.

Esperanza Spalding’s Pre-Grammy | Post-Grammy Interviews; Speaks on New Album, “Radio Music Society.”

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Late to the party, but who cares. I still need to take some time to point out The first Jazz Musician to win Best New Artist Grammy. Amazing. If you haven’t seen this yet, take for 4 minutes of your life to get acquainted with the already legendary Esperanza Spalding. Her focus on education is constant and impressive; speaks on finishing NEW album, “RADIO Music Society.” This will be filled with awesome.

*Update: She also did a short interview with The Grammy Staff right before the show as well. #signs

Also, in short; because I refuse to go any more into it than this, but yeah.
This is just my honest opinion.

Fuck Justin Bieber, his Management Staff/Camp/Entourage, and his 7 million followers on twitter for their disgusting actions and reaction to his well deserved loss at the grammys. AND their actions towards that Selena Gomez kid too. His entire fanbase looks psychotic at this point, and is a direct reflection of EVERYTHING that is wrong with Music Culture, Appreciation and America in general.  If anyone didn’t let him know, your fans are a direct representative of YOU, you idiot. You had the power to tell those kids to lay off… instead, you CLEARLY instigated the situation. If you were reading the tweets at the time, you would have known about their incessant complaining, vandalizing of her wiki page and endless insults. You knew what you were doing.

I had respect for the little boy and his story, but after the reception of his fans and Esperanza’s story… It’s a wrap.

That is all.

Dear Internets. The D'Angelo Album is REAL. Let me attempt to prove it to you.

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*waits for it...*

This is a powerfully private man who is incredibly illusive.  But if you know me, you know I’ve been all over anything D’Angelo related for his entire musical career, regardless. Even with the 11 year absence and general malarkey, I stayed dedicated. I’d rather wait a thousand years for a theoretical D’Angelo album than to listen to whatever is deemed as “Soul Music” nowadays. Now I know most people believe the release date for his new album to be Neveruary 32, 3011… but there are signs that point to getting an album sooner than that. Like… really really really soon. Let me show you via a plethora of links and my own personal work/connections.

So a few years ago, the rabble rousing started when D’ randomly showed up singing on Snoop Dogg’s “Tha Blue Carpet Treatment” on his track “Imagine.” It was sudden and no one even knew it was coming… which is always the best kind of surprise. A few months after that happened, new material was leaked across the internets… a track called “1000 Deaths.” While it wasnt anything mind-blowing… it was still enough reason for us music nerds to geek out as a whole. And even though we were geeked to spread it, we all fell back after a certain someone came through and reminded us to STFU… as D’ is FIERCELY private with his music, and we probably shouldnt have even heard the song in the first place. Nevertheless… the music was out there. And people started getting excited.

From there, the internet started speaking about Raphael Saddiq reconnecting with D’ on a musical level. Talk of collaborations with Q-Tip began, and a mixtape of sorts was released. While nothing really manifested from this, talk began of D’ holding himself up in Saadiq’s studio and bringing in some great musicians to start working with him. From there, we all kind of left it alone in hopes of not jinxing any type of progress. But just recently, Russ Elevado spoke on the D’Angelo Project, posting the information directly to his personal website. Quote Mr. Elevado:

Happy 2011 and D’Angelo continues…
Best of luck and happiness for the new decade every one!!! Pino Palladino and James Gadson have joined D’Angelo and I in New York City to finish cutting tracks for the upcoming album (yes, “THE” upcoming album!). We are officially making our way to finishing this record! I don’t need to tell everyone that this will be an amazing album. D’Angelo fans will be extremely happy to know, the wait will be over soon and it will surely be a future classic…

Once that was posted, the nerds went to work on having this confirmed… and of course… it turns out that everything IS looking real. (#thatsite)

But fu*k all of that. The final word for me? Ben Kane… A great, trustworthy, long time friend and I have been in contact for a while regarding our love for music… and the work that he is currently putting in as D’Angelo’s studio engineer. For us, it started about a year ago when Ben and D’Angelo were looking for footage of his old concerts for use as reference. Of course, I popped up with DVD footage of D’ live in Brazil. From there, Ben was sweet enough to contact me himself, quickly explained and proved who he was, and asked for a copy of said DVD on behalf of D’Angelo. With the proof and credentials he showed (he also did Al Green’s “Lay It Down,” dude is OFFICIAL), I wasted no time making a duplicate and sending it off to them. From there, we touched base occasionally on what was going on, and what he could share with me.

Fast-foward to a few days ago when I contacted Ben on behalf of LaToiya Williams to see if he was interested in engineering and mastering her new music (we’ve both been plotting that one out for a while). Now of course he can’t speak on exactly whats going on, and I wouldn’t ask him to. But he did tell me outright that he would LOVE to hop on LaToiya’s album…. however,  he is currently preoccupied with mastering and completing D’Angelo’s album. And I believe him fully. And I definitely dont want to interrupt. However, we have agreed that once he is done with his work, that he will sit down with me and give me the full 411 as to what hes been up to, his future projects, and speak on what he can regarding the D’Angelo album. And I. CANT. WAIT.
Now you don’t have to believe me, and I can understand why you wouldn’t… its been 11 years. But there’s a LOT of evidence here that points to New Album coming fairly soon. And clearly, I can’t wait.
If I hear more… I will most definitely keep you updated.
And keep your fingers crossed on that Ben Kane interview. It will have some goodies, for SURE.

5.18.11
For those who have been asking for the update…. here it is. Click and enjoy.
…..And then the Billboard Confirmation came in. Hrrrrrm.

Ill keep updating as needed.

Dear Internets. The D’Angelo Album is REAL. Let me attempt to prove it to you.

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*waits for it...*

This is a powerfully private man who is incredibly illusive.  But if you know me, you know I’ve been all over anything D’Angelo related for his entire musical career, regardless. Even with the 11 year absence and general malarkey, I stayed dedicated. I’d rather wait a thousand years for a theoretical D’Angelo album than to listen to whatever is deemed as “Soul Music” nowadays. Now I know most people believe the release date for his new album to be Neveruary 32, 3011… but there are signs that point to getting an album sooner than that. Like… really really really soon. Let me show you via a plethora of links and my own personal work/connections.

So a few years ago, the rabble rousing started when D’ randomly showed up singing on Snoop Dogg’s “Tha Blue Carpet Treatment” on his track “Imagine.” It was sudden and no one even knew it was coming… which is always the best kind of surprise. A few months after that happened, new material was leaked across the internets… a track called “1000 Deaths.” While it wasnt anything mind-blowing… it was still enough reason for us music nerds to geek out as a whole. And even though we were geeked to spread it, we all fell back after a certain someone came through and reminded us to STFU… as D’ is FIERCELY private with his music, and we probably shouldnt have even heard the song in the first place. Nevertheless… the music was out there. And people started getting excited.

From there, the internet started speaking about Raphael Saddiq reconnecting with D’ on a musical level. Talk of collaborations with Q-Tip began, and a mixtape of sorts was released. While nothing really manifested from this, talk began of D’ holding himself up in Saadiq’s studio and bringing in some great musicians to start working with him. From there, we all kind of left it alone in hopes of not jinxing any type of progress. But just recently, Russ Elevado spoke on the D’Angelo Project, posting the information directly to his personal website. Quote Mr. Elevado:

Happy 2011 and D’Angelo continues…
Best of luck and happiness for the new decade every one!!! Pino Palladino and James Gadson have joined D’Angelo and I in New York City to finish cutting tracks for the upcoming album (yes, “THE” upcoming album!). We are officially making our way to finishing this record! I don’t need to tell everyone that this will be an amazing album. D’Angelo fans will be extremely happy to know, the wait will be over soon and it will surely be a future classic…

Once that was posted, the nerds went to work on having this confirmed… and of course… it turns out that everything IS looking real. (#thatsite)

But fu*k all of that. The final word for me? Ben Kane… A great, trustworthy, long time friend and I have been in contact for a while regarding our love for music… and the work that he is currently putting in as D’Angelo’s studio engineer. For us, it started about a year ago when Ben and D’Angelo were looking for footage of his old concerts for use as reference. Of course, I popped up with DVD footage of D’ live in Brazil. From there, Ben was sweet enough to contact me himself, quickly explained and proved who he was, and asked for a copy of said DVD on behalf of D’Angelo. With the proof and credentials he showed (he also did Al Green’s “Lay It Down,” dude is OFFICIAL), I wasted no time making a duplicate and sending it off to them. From there, we touched base occasionally on what was going on, and what he could share with me.

Fast-foward to a few days ago when I contacted Ben on behalf of LaToiya Williams to see if he was interested in engineering and mastering her new music (we’ve both been plotting that one out for a while). Now of course he can’t speak on exactly whats going on, and I wouldn’t ask him to. But he did tell me outright that he would LOVE to hop on LaToiya’s album…. however,  he is currently preoccupied with mastering and completing D’Angelo’s album. And I believe him fully. And I definitely dont want to interrupt. However, we have agreed that once he is done with his work, that he will sit down with me and give me the full 411 as to what hes been up to, his future projects, and speak on what he can regarding the D’Angelo album. And I. CANT. WAIT.
Now you don’t have to believe me, and I can understand why you wouldn’t… its been 11 years. But there’s a LOT of evidence here that points to New Album coming fairly soon. And clearly, I can’t wait.
If I hear more… I will most definitely keep you updated.
And keep your fingers crossed on that Ben Kane interview. It will have some goodies, for SURE.

Music Nerdery Sits Down with Dee-1 for Some Great Times.

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“Ancestors of ours are screaming from the grave, Because physically we are free, but were still some Mental Slaves.
Ancestors of ours are SCREAMING from the grave… Because physically we’re free, but were still some Mental Slaves.”

Man. Talk about truthiness. Something that Hip Hop needs right now.

“Jay, 50 and Weezy.” Hip Hop at its best. It was basically this line, amongst many others in that video above us, that left me in total awe and on a mission to find out more about this overly talented MC named Dee-1. Born and raised in mighty New Orléans, this unsigned, independent artist is challenging your understanding of what real, quality hip hop can be. With intelligent lyrical content spit cleverly over hot beats that hold a southern flare, and a music video that is all over MTVJams right now… its only a matter of time before this kid hits the big leagues.

Word.

So in an attempt to shine some light on this intriguing individual, I spoke with Dee for a bit and got the basics on his life, his music and his plans for a successful future. You interested? Good. Me too. Keep reading.

Music Nerdery: Hey Dee. Thanks so much for taking time out your busy schedule to indulge my Music Nerdery. really appreciate you taking time out your day for this.

Dee-1: Not a problem.

Music Nerdery: Alright. So it seems like there is a lot of talent coming out of the NO lately… Jay Electronica, Curren$y, and now you’re breaking out on the scene for New Orléans. Why don’t you tell me a bit about where exactly you grew up in and your life there… pre and post-Katrina life in New Orléans… and how all of that influences you and your music.

Dee-1: I grew up in New Orléans East. I lived my whole life in the same house on Dwyer Rd. I also spent a lot of time with my grandparents growing up. They also lived in the East, actually directly across the street from Curren$y. So I’ve BEEN knowing him.

Music Nerdery: Wow. Nice. Talent sees talent.

Dee-1: Yeah. Pre Katrina life in the N.O was never easy. But the thing about New Orléans is that it’s a bittersweet place. The highs are so high that we fall in love with our city and live, eat, sleep, and breathe New Orléans pride. There’s no culture like N.O culture. You gain a certain swag by living there… But the lows are so low that it makes you wish that you could just get away and live somewhere else with less poverty, corruption, crime, and hopelessness. Post Katrina N.O consists of a vibe of “rebirth” or “revival” for the city. I was off attending college (LSU in Baton Rouge) when Katrina hit, so once I graduated and “retired” from being a middle school teacher I moved back. This is my first time living in N.O as an adult so I have a different perspective now. Honestly, I love it.

New Orléans has influenced my music because I have so many memories growing up that I incorporate into my lyrics. Also, my slang and the way I carry myself is because of my N.O roots.

Music Nerdery: Yeah, once I heard your music, I knew you were probably from Louisiana. That drawl is unmistakable.  And that’s huge thing of you to do; going back and teaching children (My mom was a Teacher). Props for that.

Now lyrically, you are a unique breed of Hip Hop artist in the sense that you have refused to use any type of profanity in your lyrics… and I commend you for that. Hard to make that choice in a society/industry where swearing is seen as “cool,” and cool can equate to sales at times. What prompted the decision to take that step with your music?

Dee-1: Great question… My decision to not curse in my lyrics didn’t have ANYTHING to do with music. It was a decision I made in my personal life for personal reasons. I used to have a bad problem with my choice of words, so I challenged myself to stop cursing. Once I mastered it in real life, its was easy to not curse in my music because it’s a relection of who I currently am. I don’t look down on people who curse, but I want people to know that you can still be cool if you don’t. Look at me.

Music Nerdery: Nice. I really need to use you as an example… man,  I can swear like a sailor (laughs). So, you also have the distinction of being one of the few Hip Hop artists I know who has their college degree (good job dude, I still have to figure out how I’m going to pay for mine.) Tell me why you made the decision to not only go, but finish…. and about what you majored in.

Dee-1: I never had a choice (chuckles). My parents wouldn’t accept anything less than excellence from me. My dad never went to college, but he was so hard on me when it came to school that you would have thought he had a P.H.D… But it worked. Once I got to school, I started rapping, and my plan was to graduate and walk across the stage with a diploma in one hand and a recording contract in the other hand. It didn’t happen that way though, and I wasn’t making any money from music when I graduated so I had to get a real job. I always loved working with kids, so I decided to become a middle school teacher…. But my major was Marketing and my minor was Sociology.

Music Nerdery: Marketing… I see what you’re doing there. Smart for a musician to know. Funny… Soc is my major too. Explains your lyrics a bit too.

So really, what brought us all here is MTVJams genius, and the absolute epicness that is your “Jay, 50, and Weezy” video. It was love at first sight (and lyric) when I saw that video; I absolutely adore it. The theme behind the song and the video are a wonderful concept…. why don’t you go into how you came up with the ideal to address “The Big Three?”

Dee-1: When I wrote that song I was still teaching middle school. I saw 1st hand how much hip hop really influenced our youth, and I wondered which of hip hop’s giants really understood the influence they had but still chose to not use it in a positive way. I honestly don’t think some of hip hop’s stars “get it,” but I know for a fact that “Jay, 50, and Weezy” do because they have each built empires and it takes skill and intelligence to do that. I knew I couldn’t get a meeting with them in real life to address these issues so I wrote a song about it…. Hopefully I’ll get that meeting one day though!

Music Nerdery: I’m sure they heard you. Or they will soon, at least. Alright kid. Shameless plug time. This is where you tell me about your all about your music, the “I Hope The Hear Me” Mixtape Series;  and ANY new music you might have on the way.

(Readers, this is where you start clicking links.)

Dee-1: My independent album “David & Goliath” came out in 2009 and is available on iTunes and cdbaby.com. The original version of “Jay, 50, and Weezy” and my other single “One Man Army” are both on there. That album put me on the radar of a lot of people… I even got personal phone calls from 9th Wonder and Mannie Fresh after they heard the music…

Music Nerdery: Word? Congrats family.

Dee-1: “I Hope They Hear Me” is my current mixtape series… They are all free downloads on the internet and on my website dee1music.com
“I Hope They Hear Me Vol 1” is currently out.
“I Hope They Hear Me Vol 1.5” is dropped on December 15th.
“I Hope They Hear Me Vol 2” will consist of 100% original music and will be released in January 2011…..

Also, my music videos for “Jay, 50, and Weezy” and “One Man Army (Remix)” are on youtube… And the Jay, 50, and Weezy video is on MTVJAMS (which has single-handedly changed my life by the way). Real talk…

Music Nerdery: Yeah. I can testify to that one myself. (laughs)

Dee-1: I keep my fans updated through my twitter page, which is twitter.com/dee1music.

Music Nerdery: Nice. All the info I ever needed. Now here’s my favorite question in all interviews. As a Music Nerd, I HAVE to ask you what are you listening to. Anything new? What about any old school. Different genres? Whats good?

Dee-1: I’m currently listening to Joe Budden’s “Mood Muzik 4,” Tupac, several old CDs from Cash Money Records (the cash money I grew up on), and Talib Kweli’s “The Beautiful Struggle.” When I listen to different genres, I mostly like to vibe out and listen to Jazz. My dad and grandpaw have biggest Jazz collection on the face of the earth, so I just use their cds… Lol. Miles, Coletrane, Cannonball, Charlie Parker, Dizzy G., etc. All the greats.

Music Nerdery: I like your Jazz Game there. Now I’m asking you this because I know I’ll get a decent answer out of you.  What does being a MC mean to you? Better yet… when you’re done with Hip Hop, what do you want your Legacy to be.

Dee-1: On some real stuff, I look at being an MC as part of my calling. I feel like I’m the one that has been put here to reach people and spread a positive message on and off the mic to whoever will listen… I have a wonderful gift and opportunity right now, so I don’t take it lightly.

When I’m done with hip hop, I want to be known as the person who fulfilled his mission to change the world for the better, through his music and his lifestyle. I also want to inspire “One Man Armies” and “One Woman Armies” all over the world to fulfill their purpose too, whatever it may be.

Music Nerdery: That’s an awesome mission; Great Answer. Alright. Fun Question Time! If you won the lottery right now… list off some of the first things you would do with the money.

Dee-1: I’d invest half of it and use the other half to do hoodrat things with my friends. (laughs)… That was just a joke. I’d definitely make sure my mom and pops never had to work again, invest part of it, give back to the community, and call you to see where you wanna go party at!!! I’ll definitely break you off with a milli.

Music Nerdery: Nice! I’d buy a house and build a Music School that I want you to come teach at. (laughs) So when you get famous, can I get a part two to this interview?

Dee-1: I thought I was famous already? (laughs) Of course you can! And part 3, 4, 5, and so on..….

Music Nerdery: Word! I’m talkin about, when you get that first Grammy, I get the first sit down interview. 🙂

Dee-1: Holla at ya boi.

To find out more about Dee, you can always visit his main site, or you can keep up with him on his twitter.

Thanks again to Dee, Evan Alvarez, MTVJams and everyone reading. Enjoy.

New Album Alert and Review: Esperanza Spalding | Chamber Music Society.

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Beautiful. Photo ©Sandrine Lee

Sound: High Quality Jazz and Brazilian Jazz for everyone.
Album: Chamber Music Society (August 17, 2010)

Why?
Because with this album, Esperanza undoubtedly cements herself as one of the leading jazz musicians of this generation. Only 25, she has had a stunning career in not only music (already on her third album with tons of accolades), but an amazing career as a music teacher as well, becoming one of the youngest teachers at Berklee School of Music. Then theres the whole previous two albums of jazztaular winning, along with awesome appearances at President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. But really, that’s just a side note to the wonderful musical victory that is Esperanza’s newest album, “Chamber Music Society.” Its filled with fresh sounding and updated yet AUTHENTIC  jazz songs, brazilian influenced compositions and stunning instrumental arrangements that show a musical maturity far beyond Esperanza’s 25 years.

Well structured and perfectly sequenced to leave you wanting more, “Chamber Music Society” reaffirms that jazz has been and will continue to evolve (beautifully) and expand throughout generations, and that the love of jazz still exists (especially amongst the younger kids.) Basically, Jazz is not dead, will probably never die, and musicians like Esperanza Spalding are the reasons why. And if you were happy with anything off her first 2 albums… then this one will be just as sweet for you.

Key tracks to check out? “What A Friend,” “Winter Sun,” and the instrumental beauty “Short and Sweet.”

Get your jazz on.

 

New Album Alert and Review: Esperanza Spalding | Chamber Music Society.

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Beautiful. Photo ©Sandrine Lee

Sound: High Quality Jazz and Brazilian Jazz for everyone.
Album: Chamber Music Society (August 17, 2010)

Why?
Because with this album, Esperanza undoubtedly cements herself as one of the leading jazz musicians of this generation. Only 25, she has had a stunning career in not only music (already on her third album with tons of accolades), but an amazing career as a music teacher as well, becoming one of the youngest teachers at Berklee School of Music. Then theres the whole previous two albums of jazztaular winning, along with awesome appearances at President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. But really, that’s just a side note to the wonderful musical victory that is Esperanza’s newest album, “Chamber Music Society.” Its filled with fresh sounding and updated yet AUTHENTIC  jazz songs, brazilian influenced compositions and stunning instrumental arrangements that show a musical maturity far beyond Esperanza’s 25 years.

Well structured and perfectly sequenced to leave you wanting more, “Chamber Music Society” reaffirms that jazz has been and will continue to evolve (beautifully) and expand throughout generations, and that the love of jazz still exists (especially amongst the younger kids.) Basically, Jazz is not dead, will probably never die, and musicians like Esperanza Spalding are the reasons why. And if you were happy with anything off her first 2 albums… then this one will be just as sweet for you.

Key tracks to check out? “What A Friend,” “Winter Sun,” and the instrumental beauty “Short and Sweet.”

Get your jazz on.