Esperanza Spalding, the beautiful bassist (and vocalist and songwriter) who just released her album Chamber Music Society graciously gave us a little interview. After working with her idols, rapidly gaining critical acclaim and crafting her latest album to perfection, she’s at another turning point in her amazing career. Read the full Q&A and get your free download after the jump, and don’t forget to check tour dates.
You’ve already received great attention already from major press to gigs at the White House for Barack Obama. How does it feel to get this international recognition?
Well, it’s very flattering, exciting and a blessing, of course, and it allows me to continue working in music.
You also played in legendary saxophonist Joe Lovano’s band. How did you end up working and touring with him?
I met Joe as a student at Berklee, when I was playing in the student ensembles, at the end of my last year he asked me to do some gigs, and I continued to keep working with him over the years, so that’s been about 5 or 6 years now.