Esperanza Spalding's 'Radio Music Society' Charms NYC Listening Session
Esperanza Spalding
Title: Radio Music Society | Release Date: March 20

As Esperanza Spalding ( @espespalding) prepares for her first Heads Up International album since becoming the first jazz artist to win the best new artist Grammy Award, she says it's music for the non-jazz listener that provides a foundation for jazz artists to express themselves. "It intrigues me to think about different presentation approaches while writing each kind of song," the Portland, Ore.-based bassist/composer said in a statement. "On the pop song side, I think about listeners who aren't into jazz." For her new album (her fourth), Spalding recorded with saxophonist Joe Lovano, keyboardist Leo Genovese and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington; guests include Jack DeJohnette, Billy Hart, Lionel Loueke, Lalah Hathaway and teenage horn players from the American Music Program. Rapper/producer Q-Tip (of A Tribe Called Quest) is featured on two songs, which he also produced.

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