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CD of the Month (February 09)

27 February, 2009

Once again, here are two CDs I’ve been listening to and enjoying.  The first is from a Brazilian bassist, Esperanza SpaldingEsperanza

Ezperanza Spalding, Ezperanza

Esperanza Spalding 2008

Spalding is vocalist, composer and arranger.  She is hugely talented, combining Jazz and Latin syncopations and a superb vocal range.  There are both mellow, silky vocals as well as stellar Brazilian sambas. Her accompanying musicians are top class and add extra colour and flourish to her musicality.  I imagine if you have the opportunity to see her perform live you’ll be in for a splendid evening.

In a completely different genre (and to confirm that I do listen to things other than jazz!), I’ve been enjoying the intriguing Seattle based group, Fleet Foxes.

Fleet Foxes, 2008

Fleet Foxes, 2008

Like other reviewers, I was intrigued by this debut album and for a number of reasons.  First, these 5 young musicians come from Seattle — often identified as the home of grunge (and this is only a neutral observation on my part).  Fleet Foxes are anything but grunge and this is my second point.  They combine various styles: part folk, part indie and what is called baroque folk.  It is an intriguing blend of styles.  Third, an exceptional feature is the vocal arrangements.  I’m going to date myself but these guys do remind me of the intricate vocal harmonies of Crosby, Stills and Nash.  While I think CS&N are the best, these new young voices give a good run for the money!  Personally, I have to say, I wasn’t immediately taken by their lyrics but upon repeated listening I find myself starting to ‘get it’.  You have to sit down and listen (perhaps read the lyrics as well) to appreciate their work.

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4 Comments
  1. andybeingachristian permalink

    Wow! A Co-Mission pastor bigging up the awesome Fleet Foxes! Gavin, you are officially cooler than Driscoll… Worth saying too that your advice on how to watch movies has made a big impact on me… (proof at http://andybeingachristian.wordpress.com/2009/02/17/andy-at-the-movies/!)
    Cheers, Andy

  2. Both great music. I’d forgotten about Esperanza, I’m now listening to her album Junjo. I must give her new one a listen, thanks for reminding me. If you like her you may like Danilo Perez.

  3. musobass permalink

    Hi Gavin, really enjoyed reading your blog and totally agree with your opinions on Esperanza Spalding! I have also done a slightly more concise review on my music blog that you might be interested in. – http://musobass.wordpress.com/

  4. musobass permalink

    She’s actually playing with Joe Lovano at Ronnie Scotts in May, might try to get along to that!

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