Chamber Music Society

August 17, 2010 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 17, 2010
  • Release Date: August 17, 2010
  • Label: Heads Up
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Heads Up International a division of Concord Music Group
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  • Total Length: 55:28
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  • ASIN: B003YQ1QUA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,162 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Great music and a wonderful performer.
horsedancer
Her fusion of classical music and jazz may rub some the wrong way but I'm interested to hear what her next CD will sound like.
efp
And yes, sometimes she screams too much for my liking.
Vicente Del Rio

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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Rick Cornell VINE VOICE on September 25, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Esperanza Spaulding shot off like a rocket with her eponymous debut album in 2008. Yet, for as impressive a young jazz artist as she is, the program there seemed a bit unfocussed. Where was she going to take her unique and most promising talent?

I surmised from the first album that she would probably end up in a "post bop-fusion" mode, exploring and taking off from the early '70's works of such artists as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul and Miles Davis. The live concert of Ms. Spaulding on PBS' "Austin City Limits" seemed to confirm this direction.

But like Miles Davis, Esperanza Spaulding is much too creative and headstrong a musician ever to be pigeonholed; rather, she appears to be one to lead rather than to follow. And this perception is confirmed by this stunning second c.d.

I have listened to it over and over, and not only am I not tired of it, I find myself picking up something new with each listen. Immediately, I'm captivated by the charming duet with another young vocal lioness, Gretchen Parlato, on track 10, Jobim's "Intuil Paisagem." (Incidentally, one of the few non-originals. Really, the only standard is "Wild Is the Wind," track 5, but even it doesn't sound like what you may be used to at all). Likewise, the duet with the immortal Milton Nasciemento, "Apple Blossom," track 6, is captivating.

But the ouerve of this disc is chamber music, really, and the recording belongs more than anything to the combo of Ms. Spaulding's bass, David Eggar's cello, Entho Todorov's violin and Lois Martin's viola. Jazz and string quartets? It absolutely works here. Kudos to executive producer, Gil Goldstein, one of the best in the business, as well of course to co-producer Esperanza.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Divine on September 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I love all of Esperanza's CDs and what I loved about some of the songs on the previous works were some were so simple and whisical and just wonderful.
What I love about Chamber Music Society is that is anything but simple. Every airspace has music and sound (if that makes sense). Its beautiful and rich and interesting and it envelopes you. The Chamber Music idea was so original! HOW do you add jazz elements to something as boring as chamber music and make it something I cant stop listening to!?!?
Its soooo UNIQUE and INNOVATIVE! And I see her growth in this CD. Its amazing to me.
Because I was introduced to her 3 years ago, I now listen to Jazz music new and old. And work like this is what makes Jazz the best music genre to me. I hope the world takes notice! BRAVO!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Roman G. Irvin on September 1, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album.
As much as I enjoyed "Esperanza"--her second album--I must say that "Chamber Music Society" is a definitive leap forward. Her voice texture is richer, her compositions/arrangements are beyond impressive, and her musicianship is inspiring. Two thumbs up!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ex Lib on May 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD
If you like Esperanza Spalding, you'll probably like her latest effort, "Chamber Music Society." In many ways, it builds on the style she's cultivated since her release of "Junjo." While Ms. Spalding is certainly an accomplished musician and excellent singer, I'm not sure she's established a firm sense of who she is as a musician yet. Since "Junjo," and now with "Chamber Music Society," her approach seems to be modal but not quite in the traditional hard bop sense of say a Wayne Shorter or Andrew Hill. I may be missing something but most of the songs here aren't what one could call "blues based" but seem an exercise in chromatic modulation up and down the fingerboard. As a result, there's plenty of "esoteric" harmonies but there's an absence of soul that's present in Shorter, Hill, or Hutcherson. At times, she reminds me of Flora Purim, only without Corea's Fender Rhodes. And that's okay -- she doesn't have to sound like anyone else but herself; I just wonder if the reason why the songs on her albums seem interchangeable is because she hasn't figured out how to break out of the approach to writing and playing that has defined her so far. While I liked "Junjo," "Chamber Music Society" left me a bit disappointed. In fact, insofar as the Grammys are ever "fair," Wynton Marsalis should have taken the award for "Vitoria Suite" before this album. But, perhaps a renewed interest and larger audience for jazz can be affected by Ms. Spalding's popularity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Schwager on March 1, 2011
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Some people wonder why there's a wall between artists and the public. Most of the public is appreciative. Some are outright abusive and chippy, complaining Esperanza isn't doing this or that or sounds like somebody else they heard once. Instead of chipping away at what an artist is doing as if the complainer is some privileged royalty who must be "entertained" or else whoooop: bad reveiw, the advice to complainers is go out and make your own art. Esperanza did.

Love her hilarious album cover on the Chamber Music Society. It has numerous cultural references over the heads of most detractors.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Marray on September 1, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I love the concept of this album. It presents a maturity and yet has the vibrancy you'd expect from a young artist. Jazz artists like her and Christian Scott (Yesterday You Said Tomorrow), who are both associated with the Berklee College of Music in Boston, makes things bright for contemporary jazz music further into the 21st century. If you are considering this album without first having and listening to her previous albums, check out Esperanza and her debut Junjo. Hopefully she'll get award attention and further success with this album.

Added Sept. 3: I just saw a performance by Esperanza on PBS Austin City Limits and she was AMAZING! A recording does not do this girl justice. I really hope to catch a live performance if she comes to Ohio.
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