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Esperanza by Esperanza Spalding
Released: May 2008
Label: Heads Up
This bright, flowing and open-hearted sophomore set put Esperanza Spalding on the map as a breakout jazz artist of the 21st century. The bassist/vocalist/bandleader combines bop, Brazilian, soul and more into a unique style that brims over with unpredictable twists and turns. Still, Esperanza's contagious enthusiasm embraces mainstream audiences. Released in 2008, Esperanza had serious legs, charting numerous times as Spalding's career took off.
Nick Dedina

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