Esperanza Spalding releases ‘Junjo,’ her debut album on Spanish label (2006)

Esperanza Spalding‘s ‘Junjo’ is her debut album released on April 18, 2006 by Ayva Musica.


Esperanza Spalding releases ‘Junjo,’ her debut album on Spanish label (2006)

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Esperanza Spalding – Junjo

Track Listing : 1.The Peacocks (Jimmy Rowles) – 07:56 . 2.Loro (Egberto Gismonti) – 05:06 . 3.Humpty Dumpty (Chick Corea) – 05:51 . 4.Mompouana (Aruan Ortiz) – 07:51 . 5.Perazuán (Esperanza Spalding, Aruan Ortiz) – 03:38 . 6.Junjo (Esperanza Spalding) – 05:13 . 7.Cantora De Yala (Gustavo Leguizamon, Manuel J. Castilla ) – 04:55 . 8.Two Bad (Esperanza Spalding) – 06:59 . 9.Perazela (Francisco Mela, Esperanza Spalding) – 01:32

Youri Lenquette

Musicians : Esperanza Spalding – Acoustic Bass, Vocals . Aruan Ortiz – Acoustic Piano . Francisco Mela – Drums

Production : Produced By Pablo Valero . Peter Kontrimas – Engineer, Mastering, Mixing

Package : Youri Lenquette asterisques RVM – Photography

Recorded On April 6 & 7, 2005 At Pbs Studios, Westwood, Ma.

Released On April 18, 2006 By Ayva Musica.

(Source Esperanza Spalding – Junjo | Ayva Musica)


MUSIC DISCUSSION and Audio, Vinyl, related thoughts.
It is a trip record, with Spalding’s magnificent bass out front, very flamenco, wonderfully Mediterranean in feel, jazz, the joy of a young artist making here first recorded statement, without major label pressure or expectations. […]

All About Jazz
Unlike vocalese, Spalding uses a soft, wordless pattern that allows one vowel sound to flow into the next. It’s not unlike the Portuguese sounds that often drive a bossa nova. She does sing one song with lyrics on Junjo, however, only to emphasize this point even stronger […]

The debut recording by acoustic upright bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding, a native of Portland, OR, residing in Boston, MA, is an exercise in joy and freedom. Well rendered for such a very young musician, it’s quite notable, considering the certainty of her concept and clarity of her vision. […]


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