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Esperanza SpaldingAudio CD
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From the beginning of her life to her current success as a creative musician, Esperanza Spalding has charted her own course. The young bassist/vocalist/composer was one of the biggest breakout stars of 2011—not just in jazz, but in all genres of music. Her receipt of the 2011 GRAMMY® for Best New Artist was unprecedented—the first time a jazz musician had won the award— ... Read more in Amazon's Esperanza Spalding Store

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  • Audio CD (April 18, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ayva Musica
  • ASIN: B000F0H4R2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Peacocks
2. Loro
3. Humpty Dumpty
4. Mompouana
5. Perazuán
6. Junjo
7. Cantora De Yala
8. Two Bad
9. Perazela

Editorial Reviews

Junjo boasts an unusual format: A young American woman playing bass and singing wordless vocals with the accompaniment of a Cuban pianist and drummer. But 22-year-old Esperanza Spalding, an Oregon native who teaches at Boston's Berklee College of Music, is so confident in her multiple roles (she also produced the album, released on a Spanish label) and the music goes down so easily, all awareness of her band's makeup quickly fades. With their lighter-than-air quality, the tunes sometimes recall early Return to Forever (an association underlined by the inclusion of a Chick Corea composition) and her playing boasts the warm, richly amplified quality favored by many young bassists. But with pianist Aruan Ortiz stretching and shaping the melodies, Junjo is winningly personal. In addition to several originals by Spalding, alone or in collaboration with Ortiz or her drummer, Francisco Mela, it includes a smart and playful reworking of Jimmy Rowles' classic, "The Peacocks." --Lloyd Sachs

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This is it, the CD that launched the recording career of the now Grammy Award winning artist Esperanza Spalding. When released this project immediately grabbed the attention of fans and critics as an amazing release from a new leader in Jazz. Winning BEST NEW ARTIST at 53rd Annual Grammy Awards introduced her to a global audience, but Junjo was the foundation. JUNJO, the first musical production under the direction of this American artist, Esperanza gives her touches to pieces that range from the modern jazz trio to contemporary Brazilian music, to Argentine folk music. For her, this project is a dream come true. It is as a same time, her first CD as well as the first production under her direction. The trio is completed with the artistry of two excellent musicians, pianist Aruán Ortiz and drummer Francisco Mela. JUNJO has Esperanza s personal seal: the superb sense of time that she possesses and always succeeds in communicating to her audiences, and her great devotion to the instrument she plays.

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Junjo December 31, 2008
Format:Audio CD
A true dichotomy: Some of the best smooth, tough, calming and energizing music that speaks to my heart, mind and body. Esperanza is a true gift to all who enjoy jazz. In fact, she will appeal to those who don't often listen to jazz, but who love good music.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!! April 10, 2009
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I had been told about this young lady approximately 6-8 months before I actually listened to her CD. When I heard her I could not believe it! She is absolutely incredible in her playing and singing for her age and the type of music (jazz) she sings! I bought this CD and her latest CD, "Esperanza" and I simply fell in love with her. When you hear her sing and play it's hard to believe you're listening to someone as young as she is. It hard to imagine what levels she will achieve if her beginning is any indication. I look forward to whatever she puts out in the future. She will definitely become one of my favorite artists!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love this album November 16, 2010
Format:Audio CD
For me, Esperanza Spalding's debut album was pure listening joy. This is a jazz in its purest, undiluted sense. Not only does Spalding play the bass well, she's a great singer as well. Spalding scats on many of the songs (except when she sings the "Cantora de Yala", which is a Argentinian folk song that she sings in Spanish). She's has such a sweet pleasant voice -- one can only hope that she'll sing even more in the future. The song sounds a lot like Brazilian sambas/bossa novas (which I love listening too). She does it all so well too. Spalding also reworks some classic jazz pieces like "Humpty Dumpty" and "The Peacocks".

To me, the title track "Junjo" sums up Spalding's style -- which is playful, savvy, sophisticated, feminine and joyful. But there are many moods expressed throughout the album -- I guess it depends on the listener what they will get from each abstract song.

This album has been on constant repeat on my cd player and IPOD for the past month, that's how much I enjoy it. Right now, I hope to listen to more of her albums in the future -- but I"m enjoying this one so much, it's going to be a little while.

ETA: Her bass solo (the arrangement and her playing) on "Mompouana" is just so wonderful and cool, it almost had me literally tears. Just brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyful junjo! October 27, 2011
By Ben
Format:Audio CD
I like Esperanza in this joyful debut. Her emotional, wordless vocals with her bass playing interprets traditional jazz favorites and new compositions to a greater heights. Accompanying her on this jazzy journey are Aruán Ortiz and Francisco Mela, pianist and drummer from Cuba.

One of the many highlights are the trio's take on Chick Corea's "Humpty Dumpty". I hope this chanteuse will be keeping on releasing albums. Jazz should be enjoyed and introduced to a much bigger audience. An album for relaxing times.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The birth of something big in Jazz April 5, 2012
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If you are buying this album because you love Jazz and want to hear the early sounds of it's newest star, you should love this album. If you are buying this album because you want to hear the woman who beat out Justin Beiber for best new artist in 2011, I recommend you try her more commercially accessible releases Esperanza-2008 and Chamber Music Society-2010. All three are great albums, but this first one is a bit different.

Junjo- from 2006 is the first studio release of Esperanza Spalding, one of the most refreshing new artists in Jazz today. It is an instrumental Jazz album that features Ms. Spalding at her rawest, showing us her chops on the bass, and with her voice scatting through a few of the arrangements. Along with Aruan Ortiz on piano and Francisco Mela on drums this trio works its way through a mix of original and traditional material ranging in sound from more traditional sounding American Jazz (not that smooth jazz crap either) to material with a more Latin and South American flavor. 5 of the 9 songs were written by members of the trio. Other songs include Humptyu Dumpty by Chick Corea and Peacocks by Jimmy Rowles. The only true vocal on the album is on track #8 Cantora De Yala which is very melodic right up to the vocals which are sung in Portuguese ( I believe that is the national the language of Brazil) of which Esperanza is fluent in. Each track on this disc shows a talented young jazz trio showing they are capable of playing with the best of them.

This is a very wonderful first effort and it shows the world what becomes apparent in her later releases and performances. Ms Spalding is not just a young talented vocalist, she is a bonafide artist, and a monster bass player. I look forward to listening to this young woman's releases for many years to come.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars She is very talented August 26, 2013
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I recognize her talent and was expecting to be wowed by every song. It's good music, but I was not as impressed as I thouight I would be and I bought three of her albums at the same time. They are all about the same. I probably should have downloaded just the songs I like the most instead of buying her CDs. This gets a little boring to me.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY AMAZING! April 21, 2013
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Esperanza Spalding is simply AMAZING! She's fresh and refreshing. Her style, her look and her energy are just AMAZING! I'm 59 years old and am quite impressed with her style and abilities.

You go Ms. Spalding! Give us more.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't get any better March 8, 2011
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Just have one word: OUTSTANDING.

If you're in the mood for a suiting music for relaxation, a nice date or something like that, this is your cd.

I have three of her CDs and I understand clearly why Esperanza was the Best New Artist at the GRAMMYs this year.

If you enjoy jazz, with some great variations, this is your type of artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon was also great in their delivery
I will be purchasing she's ever done . Amazon was also great in their delivery. thank you
Published 5 days ago by mayatbey
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have Jazz Album
A must have album for Jazz collection -- Listening in Vinyl will make you feel that she is playing in front of you, Live!
Published 2 months ago by Johnny Saleh
4.0 out of 5 stars I like her work
Great little first album. I definitely had this on repeat. Great to play on low volume as background music for an event.
Published 4 months ago by Janitha J
4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty post-bop jazz
A very good starightforward album of postbop trio jazz. Spalding and her bandmates are all talented, communicate well, and never overplay. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Daniel F. Pinkerton
5.0 out of 5 stars An Angel plays
Her voice just flies along with her music. She's an angel. I love the way her voice matches her bass.
Published 11 months ago by Robert S. Roda
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so wonderful...
Bought this CD based on reviews here and Public Television hype. There must be something wrong with me because this to me is not a pleasant experience. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Roger
4.0 out of 5 stars Junjo
Love that jazz. I enjoyed listening to this for hours, very pleased with my purchase. Told others about the sound.
Published 12 months ago by pyro
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Talent. Album was everything I expected. Not much to say about albums. Perhaps Amazons cookie cutter reviews aren't appropriate for those of us who aren't critics.
Published 12 months ago by BG
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Lord, She went through the Line more than once.
Some how I don't even mind that Esperanza hogged the talent line and used up the supply meant for several dozen people. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Scott D. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Esperanza Spalding at her best
I am a great fa of Esperanza musical and vocal qualities. This album was very good and I loved every sound of it.
Published 16 months ago by F. Paiva
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