Obama’s Favorite Standup Bassist/Singer/Composer Esperanza Spalding to Release New Album

With her sophomore effort Chamber Music Society on the way, check out the preview for Esperanza Spalding’s album and see why Barack says, “I love listening to Esperanza, she is wonderful.”

The innovative album that combines jazz, folk, and world music with the enduring foundations of classical music will hit shelves August 17th via Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group. Chamber Music Society features the legendary Milton Nascimento, pianist Leo Genovese, and vocalist Gretchen Parlato, among others.

“It’s clear Esperanza’s definitely got game – and has no hang-ups about showing it.” —Vibe Magazine

“Whether exploding into vocalese or making her bass solo sound like a horn, she’s a spark plug who dances as she grooves through a funked-up and rocked-out repertoire.” Billboard “Faces to Watch”

“Esperanza has got a lot: accomplished jazz improvisation, funk, scat singing, Brazilian vernacular rhythm and vocals in English, Portuguese and Spanish. At its center is a female bassist, singer and bandleader, one whose talent is beyond question.” New York Times

New Music by Mayer Hawthorne: “I Need You” Picture Vinyl + MP3

Check out the new Mayer Hawthorne song “I Need You,” produced by Nottz. Mayer Hawthorne’s label, Stones Throw, is offering a 12″ of the track, with an etching by Miami illustrator Freegums on the flip side, available now for pre-order.

Mayer Hawthorne: “I Need You” [MP3]

Gilles Peterson Worldwide: 7/19/10

This week, GPWW brings us back and forth through time with some throwbacks to Marvin Gaye and Neil Young, new artists approved by Gilles, as well as a few tracks off The Roots‘ new album, How I Got Over, a remixed song off of Big Boi’s Sir Luscious Left Foot, and his usual mix of music from all over the globe.

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