Grammy Award Winner (2011 Best New Artist) Esperanza Spalding's first recording project, the nine-track ‘Junjo’ includes original works by Esperanza, pianist Ortiz and drummer Mela in addition to handpicked classics by Brazilian composer Egberto Gismonti, Jimmy Rowles, and Chick Corea.
Limited-edition 180g vinyl release
Spalding is unusually a double bass-player and vocalist - and wonderfully adept at both. Her vocalese licks on “Loro,” are an album highlight, and on the title tune, she scats rapid-fire in unison with Ortiz’s piano line. “Cantora de Yala” is a special treat; Esperanza sings in Spanish, her sole accompaniment her own supple bass playing.
The highly simpatico and relaxed mood that pervades Junjo produces focused and perceptive performances by all three trio members and results in a particularly revealing insight into the many talents of the album’s gifted young leader.
1. The Peacocks
1. Humpty Dumpty
2. Cantora De Yala
4. Two Bad