Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Thank you, Grammys for introducing Esperanza

Sunday’s Grammys did me a favour – I would have never heard of Best New Artist winner Esperanza Spalding otherwise. The beautiful and talented jazz singer and bassist beat fellow-nominees Justin Bieber (much to the fury of the legion of his young fans), Drake, and British contenders Florence & The Machine, and Mumford and Sons to the award.
I've just spent a pleasant afternoon catching up with Spalding’s music. The lovely Little Fly which heads this post is a worthy addition to my video clips I rate category. There can’t be any other Grammy recipient who can claim an 18th century English poet and artist as their lyricist. Spalding’s interpretation of William Blake’s poem The Fly is from her album Chamber Music Society. Her third and was released last summer.
"It was really focused on composition and the intimacy of classical music and jazz-improvised music, and to me, that seems like it would be received by a smaller audience, yet there it is with a nomination on such a broad field," she modestly told the AP wire service ahead of the Grammys ceremony.
PS. I've just watched Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan on the Grammys highlights TV show. Wow - with Arsenal beating Barcelona - what an evening.

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