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.

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.


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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