Discography

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RADIO MUSIC SOCIETY (MARCH 20, 2012) On 20th March, 2012, Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, gives us Spalding’s latest release, Radio Music Society, her most diverse, ambitious and masterful recital yet. Each of the 12 songs are accompanied by conceptual music videos, which further express Esperanza’s inspiration and story behind each track. Shot in various locations including New York City; Barcelona, Spain; and Portland, Oregon; all videos will be available to purchasers of Radio Music Society as a digital download or a DVD on the deluxe version.
RADIO MUSIC SOCIETY (DELUXE EDITION CD/DVD) (MARCH 20, 2012) On 20th March, 2012, Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, gives us Spalding’s latest release, Radio Music Society, her most diverse, ambitious and masterful recital yet. Each of the 12 songs are accompanied by conceptual music videos, which further express Esperanza’s inspiration and story behind each track. Shot in various locations including New York City; Barcelona, Spain; and Portland, Oregon; all videos will be available to purchasers of Radio Music Society as a digital download or a DVD on the deluxe version.
CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY (2010)Backed by drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and pianist Leo Genovese – and inspired by the classical training of her younger years – Esperanza creates a modern chamber music group that combines the spontaneity and intrigue of improvisation with sweet and angular string trio arrangements. The result is a sound that weaves the innovative elements of jazz, folk and world music into the enduring foundations of classical music.
ESPERANZA (2008)Armed with uncanny instrumental chops, a siren voice that spans three languages, and composing and arranging skills that weave together the best elements of the old-school with the progressive, this 23-year-old has crafted a debut album that takes a completely fresh and refreshing approach to jazz by incorporating the rich traditions of soul, pop, world music and so much more.

JUNJO (2005)

JUNJO, the first musical production under the direction of this American artist, Esperanza gives her touchs to pieces that range from the modern jazz trio to contemporary Brazilian music, to Argentine folk music. For her, this project is a dream come true. It is as a same time, her first CD as well as the first production under her direction. The trio is completed with the artistry of two excellent musicians, pianist Aruán Ortiz and drummer Francisco Mela. JUNJO has Esperanza’s personal seal: the superb sense of time that she possesses and always succeeds in communicating to her audiences, and her great devotion to the instrument she plays.

Collaborations
SALIF KEITA – TALÉ (2013) Recorded in Paris and Bamako, “C’est Bon, C’est Bon” is the first single (playlisted already on France Inter and Radio Nova two of the top French radio stations). Keita has had special collaborations from artists such as London rapper Roots Manuva, Bobby McFerrin and bassist and composer Esperanza Spalding who sings and co-composed the track “Cherie S’en Va” along with Salif.
US FIVE – Saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano will release CROSS CULTURE (2013), his 23rd Blue Note recording and the third consecutive release by his critically acclaimed quintet, Us Five. Augmenting his core group (pianist James Weidman, bassists Esperanza Spalding or Peter Slavov, and drummers Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela) with the daring West African guitarist—and fellow Blue Note artist—Lionel Loueke.
BRUNO MARS – UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX (2012) is the second studio album by American recording artist Bruno Mars, released on December 6, 2012 by Atlantic Records.. The album includes production from Mark Ronson, Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Diplo, as well as The Smeezingtons. Mars noted that the album will be more musically varied and that he refuses to “pick a lane”. He also worked with guests like jazz artist Esperanza Spalding, and electronic producer Diplo.
MIKE STERN – ALL OVER THE PLACE (2012) Mike’s brand new 11-song set aligns the characteristically diverse and adventurous guitarist with a cadre of brilliant guests, including trumpeter Randy Brecker; saxophonist Kenny Garrett; and drummers Dave Weckl, Keith Carlock and Lionel Cordew. Also on hand is a delegation of high-caliber electric and acoustic bass players: Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Anthony Jackson, Dave Holland, Tom Kennedy, Will Lee and Victor Bailey.
JACK DEJOHNETTE – SOUND TRAVELS (2012) DeJohnette’s latest and arguably best album, Sound Travels (a co-release between Golden Beams and eOne). It’s a superb genre-spanning, nine-song collection that grooves with Latin rhythms and West Indian energy, muses with meditative tunes, and buoys with straight-up jazz swing. Sound Travels features an array of collaborators, including vocalists Bruce Hornsby (on the funky, bluesy tune Dirty Ground that has AOR hit potential), Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding. Also on board are emerging talents such as trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and guitarist Lionel Loueke (and Spalding, who plays bass on seven of the tracks) and established jazz stars such as saxophonist Tim Ries, percussionist Luisito Quintero and, on one track, pianist Jason Moran.
PATAGONIA MUSIC COLLECTIVE  – VOLUME THREE (2011) Esperanza Spalding donated an unreleased track titled “Life of a Ripple” to the Patagonia Music Collective’s Volume 3 Album. This special album features previously unreleased material from a diverse group of artists and the proceeds will go directly to the environmental organizations of the artists’ choice.
TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON – THE MOSAIC PROJECT (2011)“Mosaic Project” is cross generational, cross cultural and ‘cross genre’ in nature, which is pertinent because jazz has increasingly pollinated, allowing it’s language to metamorphose into something one group of people alone cannot claim.Terri Lyne is joined by Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nona Hendryx, Cassandra Wilson, Esperanza Spalding, Helen Sung, Tineke Postma, Geri Allen, Patrice Rushen, Ingrid Jensen, Sheila E., and Gretchen Parlato.
WALKIN’ & SWINGIN’ – THE KENNEDY CENTER MARY LOU WILLIANS WOMEN IN JAZZ FESTIVAL (2011)Walkin’ & Swingin’: Highlights from the Kennedy Center Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.This recording, from the May 2010 festival, features performances from Dee Dee Bridgewater, Esperanza Spalding, Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Virginia Mayhew, Catherine Russell, Sherrie Maricle, Ann Patterson and Grace Kelly.
NICHOLAS PAYTON: BITCHES (2011)Nicholas Payton’s most recent project — Bitches — features rhythm and blues trumpet layered over bass, keyboards and drum machine. Guest vocalists include Cassandra Wilson, Esperanza Spalding and N’dambi. New Orleans’ Offbeat magazine said Bitches “has the vibe of the first few Prince records, where Prince is playing most of the instruments and showing off his musical and songwriting prowess.”
DISNEY JAZZ VOLUME 1: EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE A CAT ( 2011)A Superb Collection of Today’s Jazz Stars Interpreting Disney Classics.Produced by Jason Olaine with liner notes by Ashley Kahn, the 13-track collection featuring sublime performances by Dave Brubeck, Esperanza Spalding, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, The Bad Plus, Dianne Reeves, Regina Carter, Nikki Yanofsky, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Roberta Gambrini, Alfredo Rodriguez, Gilad Heckselman and Mark Rapp will be released February 15, 2011.
JOE LOVANO US FIVE: BIRD SONGS (2011)“I didn’t approach this as a tribute record”, states Joe Lovano, dispelling right off the bat any preconception that his new album Bird Songs-an exploration of the Charlie Parker songbook-is a mere retread. Lovano’s 22nd album for Blue Note Records breaks the mold of Bird tribute records. Bird Songs is a thrillingly adventurous, thorounghly modern, and uniquely personal look at one of the most influential figures in jazz history by one of the most important voices in the music today.(from Blue Note Records Press Release)
THE JOHN BLACKWELL PROJECT: 4EVER JIA(2010)Is a real labor of love. The John Blackwell Project came together after the 2008 Buddy Rich Memorial Concert to create a stellar album with a truly unique and varied collection of innovative fusion tunes, the basic tracks for 4Ever Jia were recorded at DrumChannel in Oxnard, California. The album’s influences are draw from Funk, Fusion and Jazz, something for everyone and some tunes that will have you singing in no time.
LIONEL LOUEKE: MWALIKO (2010)Originally from the small West African nation of Benin, guitarist Lionel Loueke has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past several years. In 28 and 29, he was picked as top Rising Star guitarist in Down Beat magazine’s annual Critics Poll. His sophomore release for Blue Note, Mwaliko, follows up 27′s acclaimed Karibu with a series of searching, innovative, intimate duets with Angelique Kidjo, Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona and Marcus Gilmore. Loueke also includes three new tracks featuring his longtime trio with Massimo Biolcati on bass and Ferenc Nemeth on drums.
ANA CAROLINA: NOVE (2009) Carolina’s musical influence comes from the crib, her grandmother used to sing on the radio, and her great aunt and uncle played percussion, piano, cello, and violin. She grew up hearing Brazilian musical icons such as Chico Buarque, João Bosco as well as international icons such as Nina Simone, Björk, Esperanza Spalding and Alanis Morissette.
MIKE STERN: BIG NEIGHBORHOOD (2009)Five-time GRAMMY nominated guitarist Mike Stern’s music has always come from a colorful and diverse part of town – a place where numerous artistic styles converge to create a fresh sound that’s rooted in jazz but refuses to adhere to rigid borders. Aiding Stern in this latest chapter of his never-ending quest for the new and better groove is a long list of talented guests: guitarists Steve Vai and Eric Johnson; bassist-vocalists Esperanza Spalding and Richard Bona; jamband godfathers Medeski Martin & Wood; drummers Dave Weckl, Terri Lyne Carrington, Cindy Blackman and Lionel Cordew; bassists Chris Minh Doky and Lincoln Goines, and several others.
JOE LOVANO: FOLK ART (2009) With Folk Art, his 21st recording for Blue Note, Joe Lovano debuts Us Five, a dynamic new ensemble and one of the most exciting of his acclaimed career that collectively breathes a youthful exuberance into the first-ever Lovano album to be comprised entirely of his own original compositions.Joe Lovano presents a collection of nine original compositions for himself on tenor saxophone, straight alto saxophone, alto clarinet, tarogato, aulochrome, and percussion; James Weidman on piano; Esperanza Spalding on bass; and Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela on—as Lovano likes to put it—drums and cymbals.
FOURPLAY: ENERGY (2008)Energy grafts a variety of sounds – R&B, pop, African and more – to Fourplay’s unwavering jazz foundations. In addition to vocals by East – a charter member since the band’s inception in 1990 – the album also features a vocal track by Esperanza Spalding, the upright bassist, composer and vocalist who has recently taken the jazz world by storm with her self-titled recording debut earlier this year on Heads Up.
CHRISTIAN SCOTT: ANTHEM (2007)

On Anthem, the follow up to his Grammy-nominated Concord debut, Christian takes modern trumpet playing to a new level. His signature breathy, brooding sound combines with the haunting and emotionally powerful material to create an album destined to be another milestone in the annals of jazz. We are indeed fortunate to have this young giant of jazz in the Concord family.
Features Christian Scott (trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, piano), Matt Stevens (guitar), Aaron Parks (keyboards), Walter Smith III (tenor saxophone), Louis Fouché (straight alto saxophone), Luques Curtis and Esperanza Spalding (bass), Marcus Gilmore (drums), and Brother J of X-Clan (vocals on “Anthem [Post Diluvial Adaptation]”).

STANLEY CLARKE: TOYS OF MEN (2007) Also among the highlights is “All Over Again,” an immigrant story with lyrics written and sung by up-and-coming acoustic bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding. The song is about a friend of Clarke’s who was forced to leave the U.S. – and the woman he loved – because of his immigration status. “This couple had been together for a while, and they were going to get married, but he had to leave,” Clarke recalls. “From a legal standpoint, there were no two ways about it. They petitioned the court, but it didn’t work out in.
RAMONNA BORTHWICK: A NEW LEAF (2006)A New Leaf’ is pianist Ramona Borthwick’s debut CD offering as a leader. Featuring Ramona (piano, voice), Phil Grenadier (trumpet), Noel Borthwick (guitar), Fernando Huergo (bass), Ziv Ravitz (drums) and guest Esperanza Spalding (voice), this all-original CD effuses an unusual cohesion, depth & beauty.
NANDO MICHELIN TRIO: DUENDE (2006)Boston based Pianist Nando Michelin’s trio is a truly democratic venture where everyone involved seems to have equal say in the overall musical vision. The music on Duende is an eclectic mix of original mainstream jazz performed by the intuitive combination of Michelin, bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding and drummer Richie Barshay.
NOISE FOR PRETEND: HAPPY YOU NEAR (2002)Although only 17 years of age, her group Noise For Pretend marked their debut a couple months back on a split release with Blanket Music, and has now quickly followed it up with a full-length. While that 4-song release held a similar vibe, this newest release finds the trio expanding on their jazzy, bossa nova palette into several different areas, most of which work quite well.