Practically the hottest all singing all bass playing talent on the planet right now Esperanza Spalding broke through with a best selling, Grammy Award-winning album in 2011, Chamber Music Society, which she followed with funk-fuelled follow up, Radio Music, I spoke to her to find out more.
When it comes to winning awards grabbing the Grammy for ‘Best Album’ marks a pinnacle in any artist’s critical approval ratings checklist. Yet for bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding he
In 2009 I went to Tom Jenkinson’s house to have a chat and drink tea. It was for a cover feature in Bass Guitar Magazine and followed one of his more oblique musical offerings, an album of solo bass guitar recordings. As ever the conversation was never going to be just about bass, or anything so specific as how he plays in his own virtuosically idiosyncratic way, but strayed into all manner of topics from improvisation, playing with Evan Parker, to his whole creative pr