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

Joe McBride’s Lookin’ For A Change Released Today

coverA longtime stalwart of the contemporary jazz scene, McBride takes a detour from his usual path for an intriguing new recording that reinterprets a dozen contemporary pop songs via straight-ahead jazz arrangements. Fleshed out with the help of a live trio – guitarist Dan Wilson, bassist Roger Hines and drummer Elijah Gilmore – Lookin’ For A Change is a collection of songs originally written and recorded by a range of pop luminaries, including Gnarls Barkley (“Crazy”), Coldplay, John Mayer, Seal and several others. These reinterpretations, along with three original compositions from McBride’s own inspirational well, make for an engaging juxtaposition of the best elements of contemporary pop and traditional jazz.

“Gnarls Barkley’s manic tune gets a more subtle, contemplative treatment from jazz pianist McBride.”
USA Today

Special Offer: Enter ‘MCBRIDE’ in the Promo Code during check-out at Joe McBride’s official site for 25% off of the already sale-priced CD (through Aug. 7, 2009).

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Afropean Artist Zap Mama’s ReCreation + Tour Dates

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Vocalist and songwriter Marie Daulne aka Zap Mama‘s 7th project ReCreation is out now on Heads Up International, featuring Bilal, G. Love, actor Vincent Cassel (La Haine, Ocean’s Twelve) and several others.

To honor mothers around the world, Zap Mama’s teamed up with CARE and will donate a percentage of the proceeds from the iTunes download of  “Hello To Mama,” the first single.

In the developing world, one woman, every minute of every day, dies giving birth. CARE helps reduce persisting high maternal mortality in the world’s poorest countries.  For more regarding CARE and its partnership with Zap Mama, visit: www.care.org/zapmama.

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