Esperanza Spalding: She Got to You


She Got to You


Esperanza Spalding (bass, vocals)


Esperanza (Heads Up International 3140)

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Esperanza Spalding (bass, vocals), Leo Genovese (piano, keyboards), Jamey Haddad (percussion), Otis Brown (drums).

Composed by Esperanza Spalding


Recorded: Acton, Massachusetts and Jonesborough, Tennessee; no dates given (CD released in 2008)


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Displaying virtuosity en masse, Esperanza Spalding's "She Got to You" flies higher than Sly Stone did at Woodstock. Spalding's impressive vocal sustain rises to the challenge of such a winding composition, and, to my ears, the sax sounds reminiscent of Wayne Shorter's work in Weather Report,. As this track breaks out of the cocktail jazz mode of most of the rest of the album, it certainly is a highlight, even though it sounds more indebted to R&B than anything else; as a singer, she sounds sexy enough to render this tale of one-sided sensuality, and the ego inherent in that notion befits the vocalist to a tee. In ways, this cut can be best described as a fusion between soul and jazz, because, even though the tune is built around chords that a keyboardist like Joe Zawinul would use, the jazz quotient is nearly the same as what was generally performed by groups like Earth, Wind, and Fire and Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary

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