Everybody wants to be a cat: A Jazz Review

Radio Music Society – Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding brings with her a new twist for modern jazz with her latest album. Her infusion of R&B, hip hop, and funk to both new and original music has sparked the interest of jazz lovers everywhere, winning her 4 Grammy Awards including Best New Artist in 2011 and Best Jazz Vocal Album (Radio Music Society). Her music was created, not just out of a love for the genre and her instrument of choice (the upright bass), but to bring this music to a wider audience. You don’t have to play or understand the intricacies of scat and improvisational music to sit back and enjoy what Spalding has to offer.

"Spalding could sing the phone book and it'd be magnificent.” – Ryan White, The Guardian 

“In a society whose icons are established fast, Esperanza Spalding has risen in the American public consciousness to become a fully-fledged and unmistakable cultural icon in her own right.”  – Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News

Other Albums: 


Beautiful Life by Dianne Reeves (bass)



Esperanza by self



Chamber Music Society by self



Bird Songs by Joe Lovano Us Five (bass)



Everybody Wants to Be a Cat – Disney Jazz Volume 1 by Various Artists

This is the album you didn’t realize you needed until now. Named after the jazzy tune from the Aristocats, these songs give a whole new level to some of the most classic and memorable Disney tunes. Personal favorite songs include “Everybody Wants to be a Cat”, “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”

“With the vast amount of memorable original music written for Disney films, this promising CD series could easily continue for a long time.” – Ken Dryden, All Music Review


Don’t forget the originals: 


Walt Disney Records, The Legacy Collection: The Aristocats



Walt Disney Records, The Legacy Collection: Toy Story



Walt Disney Pictures Presents Beauty and the Beast by Alan Menken