The good people at NPR Music have made this one possible, and I'm sinking my teeth into it right now. In case you haven't heard of her, Esperanza Spalding is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and the first jazz musician to ever win a Grammy for Best New Artist (which she nabbed at the ceremony last year).
She's been playing various instruments since she was about four years old, moving from the violin to guitar to bass to voice throughout her life. I was introduced to her by a housemate of mine last year with impeccable taste in this sort of accessible yet wildly intelligent music (come back, Steph!) and now indebted to her forever.
The album Radio Music Society comes out next Tuesday, March 20th on Concord Jazz. It'll be easy listening for anyone who grew up on a diet of jazz, soul and old r'n'b but will likely challenge people who gravitate towards a powerful guitar or howling synth at the forefront of an album. Listen to the album in its entirety here for a limited time only, and make up your own mind.