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2012 release from the Grammy-winning Jazz bassist/vocalist. Radio Music Society is a companion, rather than a sequel, to Spalding's previous disc, Chamber Music Society, which reached #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. Among its many strengths, Radio Music Society is a celebration of the men and women who have helped cultivate Spalding's talent, as well as those who have nurtured her vision and inspired her along the way. In addition to longtime partners Lovano, keyboard player Leo Genovese and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, the ranks contain Jazz legends Jack DeJohnette and Billy Hart; guitar heroes Jef Lee Johnson and Lionel Loueke; an array of master vocalists including Algebra Blessett, Lalah Hathaway, Gretchen Parlato, Leni Stern and Becca Stevens; hip-hop giant Q-Tip (who performs on and co-produced two tracks); and two Portland-based musicians, Janice Scroggins and Dr. Thara Memory, who provided essential mentorship in Spalding's youth.
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  • Audio CD (March 20, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heads Up
  • ASIN: B005VR9C42
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I've been a fan of Esperanza Spalding since seeing her on a "Performance at the White House" special. That relaxed vibe, coupled with her beautiful voice and that HAIR, caught my attention immediately. Each of her albums reflect a maturing of an artist -- not that they're necessarily "better" than the previous, it's that they are different and include a different voice each time.

After hearing "Black Gold," I have been patiently waiting for the full Radio Music Society to drop...and boy was this worth the wait. The flow, the music.....her voice -- this is pure perfection. I highly recommend buying this, grab a glass of wine, head out on your deck/patio and let the genius that is Esperanza flow out of your speakers. May she continue to be rewarded for her creativity....and may we be rewarded by enjoying and embracing her creativity.
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I am convinced she can't make a bad song. I have been following her music since the first recorded tune made its way to the internet. She has mastered the bass and her voice is clear and full. What more can you want?

In her last album "Chamber Music Society", smart jazzy-licks combine with the pomp and baroque of classical sweeping highs. It was a work of genius and she really crossed a line no one had successfully done before. She brought the most structured and rule-bound style of music that we know today and what is often considered the most loose, least-regimented and open style and made a whole album of delights.

So how does she follow? "Radio Music Society".
Modern R&B, jazz, pop, and soul all mixed into a perfect set of tracks. Did she do any insane bendings of genres here? maybe not. But the WAY she combined them was sooooooo just....sensual and sweet. The whole album honestly feels like listening to the radio with all the various tunes that seem so different but still slightly connected. The flow is beyond perfect.
I honestly have had this album playing back-to-back on a few roadtrips and every time it just feels good. Whenever I know I need to change things up, I go to this album and probably have it going in the car for two weeks (as a musician, any album lasting over 2-3 days has got to be phenomenal. I play bass, and I hate repitition when I am LISTENING to music, so it says a lot that this album stayed in the car so long every time!)

What am I telling you? buy this album. As she says in the album," this song's the one to get your spirit groovin!"
it'll get you, you're gonna get hooked
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I first noticed Esperanza Spalding during the first broadcast of the now well-documented visit on the David Letterman show. As I flipped through channels I was surprised to detect the sincerity in his voice as he stated that Ms. Spalding was probably "the coolest guest we've had on this show." I stopped to learn of whom he was speaking and was just mesmerized from the first note to the last smile. I immediately puchased ESPERANZA and quickly followed up with JUNGA, as well as everything else she has released before or since.

This album is more akin to the lighter feel and style of her hit album ESPERANZA and less similar to her straight jazz and 'Chamber Music'/ jazz structured albums. This album is intended to reflect her more romantic (and romanticized) rhythm/ blues/ pop sensibilities rather than present her incredibly strong roots influenced music (original jazz, classical and chamber music genres.) This album helps to further her vast musical interests and influences without being a phony "covers" album or crossover recording. In addition, the self-produced music videos that she made for each song make the DELUXE EDITION an incredible offering that only heightens the wonderful musical experience.

This album, from beginning to end, is a languid respite on a breeze filled spring day. Whether on a stress-filled commute to and from work, or whether swaying in a hammock among the Spanish Moss filled southern oak trees with cardinals and mockingbirds chirping along... this album is the anecdote for all of the tensions and turmoils of modern day.
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This is the first album I have by this artist.Some people say it is not really jazz but I like it. Might even try to find more jazz musicians because of this! I got the deluxe version and I'm glad I did because it includes the DVD with video clips. The packaging is really nice and the artwork inside has a vintage feel to it. The Deluxe version would make a great gift I think. The music is mellow and very relaxing to listen to. Esperanza has a beautiful melodious voice. I especially like Cinnamon Tree, Black Gold, I Can't Help It, City of Roses(an ode to Portland, Oregon) and Smile Like That. This is good to play when you are just chilling, when you need background music for study or on your commute. Superb music!
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I have all of Esperanza Spalding CD's and this is by far my favorite. All of the music is outstanding with a solid contemporary jazz feel that it not like the standard offerings. The CD is worth it just for "Black Gold" and "Cinnamon Tree". Ms Spaldings' voice is surprisingly light and airy while not seeming weak or bland and her lyrics are fresh almost like a poetry reading. The CD is well worth the price.
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