Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Esperanza Spalding's Austin City Limits Performance

On February 6, 2010, Esperanza Spalding appeared on the PBS television program Austin City Limits. The next day, Esperanza became the most searched person and second most searched item on Google as a result (this happened again for her after she won her Grammy for Best New Artist in February 2011).

It is a terrific performance, and unfortunately, as far as I know, it is not available on DVD; which is frustrating, because every time people try and post clips from this performance on Youtube, they get removed for copyright violation.

But, you can view Esperanza's entire performance here, at the Austin City Limits web site.

Here is the play list:

  • Jazz Ain't Nothing But Soul (see my poem, the Jazz Soul liberation of the People of God).
  • Sunlight.
  • Endangered Species  (Wayne Shorter cover with meaty bass guitar work)
  • Wild is the Wind (a Nina Simone cover, and Esperanza also acknowledges David Bowie's version. On this song, she bows the uprigth bass. This song was recorded for Esperanza's sublime 2010 release, the Chamber Music Society)
  • Ponta De Areia (The finale, Esperanza's original composition, the opening track, sung in Portugese, from her 2008 CD, Esperanza ). 

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