Esperanza Spalding: Emily’s D+Evolution

In Emily’s D+Evolution, prodigious bass talent and vocalist, Esperanza Spalding showcases her almost superhuman propensity for shifting musical moods on a dime, not to mention time-signatures. Continue reading Esperanza Spalding: Emily’s D+Evolution

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The Family Circle: Thoughts on Kinship, Oral History, and Music

Like a jazz rendition of a musical standard, the old family stories are not inviolable; they may adhere to a basic structural framework that we are familiar with, but retain their mutability and improvisational flair, as does the colorful cast of dimly lit characters that populate them. Continue reading The Family Circle: Thoughts on Kinship, Oral History, and Music