Esperanza Spalding in Bass Player

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Esperanza Spalding is the lead interview in the latest issue of Bass Player. It is also the best interview I have read in Bass Player in a very long time. I already loved Spalding, but I am becoming a total fanboy of hers. I just admire her dedication to music. Often I read an interview and I want to go check out their gear or buy their CD ( I do plan on buying Spalding new CD,) but after reading Esperanza's interview, I just wanted to practice! She is so doggone serious that it is infectious!

    I also dig the fact that she seems to be an almost total non-gearhead. She just plays that Jazz because Fender gave it to her. It is also pretty evident that she is not super deep into bass guitar yet, but she is learning. I hope she does not get to deep into the tradition, because I think she brings a really unigue voice to bass guitar. That is why I cringed a bit when she said she was getting into slapping. I love slap, but I fear her just sounding like everyone else. That said, it was cool how she was impressed with Prince slapping her fretless (she didn't know fretless could be slapped!:D)
  2. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    No matter what technique she uses she's still going to sound like herself. I admire her total immersion, but she has been on the path for a while, rising up through the ranks in community orchestras.
  3. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Doesn't hurt that she's totally hot too.
  4. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Oh My God

  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Phil, I know you are right. She will always sound like Esperanza Spalding whether she slaps, plays with a pick, or decides to use the stereotypical Jaco back pickup tone on her fretless. Still, I think the fact that she was not deep into electric bass has allowed her to come to the bass guitar, especially fretless with an open mind and few preconceptions.
  6. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    She seems like a beautiful woman through and through. She's also an incredible musician and singer.
  7. etb67

    etb67 Far Out Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2005
    Got ticket to see her play here next month. Really looking forward to it!
  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    As cute as she is, I find myself not caring because she is just so smart and utterly driven to be great.
  9. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    These are qualities that make her attractive as well. She is the total package. I would love to see her play sometime.
  10. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    So she wa opening for Prince and he picked up her bass and slapped on it. I wonder how Prince's audience took that, I trust no Justin Bieber fans were there? However I do remember the stories of Rolling Stones' fans booing Prince when he opened for them around the time that Little Red Corvette was a hit
  11. Lync

    Lync Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    Plus, she sings female bassist that sings and plays double bass too...WIN!
  12. Great interview. She plays a 7/8 upright. Her Fender fretless was a good call on their part as she is quite the Jaco fan.

    And, yeah Cheese, I don't notice her good looks either (cough, cough...)
  13. Luv2Pla4U


    Feb 18, 2011
    Richmond, VA
    Esperanza = proof that The Creator loves all kinds of beauty!
  14. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Hey, I know I sound like the white guy who says he doesn't see color, but when I hear her talk about music, she is so profound. Her looks really take a back seat to her words.

    I'm joking. My cellphone has no smilies!
  15. RickC

    RickC Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2005
    I for one would be very interested to hear where she takes slap, if she decides to explore that path further.

  16. Got my ticket too. Its for NC in May and the tickets are almost sold out already.
  17. Oh yeah, Im stationed with a guy that had a class with her at Berklee and said yeah shes for real about music. It also seemed to be a ray of sunshine whenever she walked in the room lol.
  18. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    She is 100% real no hype...very excited about her future ...
  19. Clef_de_fa


    Dec 25, 2011
    As long as she doesn't fall in the Em pentatonic stuff all slapper seems to fall into I'm all good with her
  20. bottomzone

    bottomzone Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2005
    A very good read. It's also interesting that both Esperanza and Stanley Clarke had enough respect for Q-Tip's skills to use him on their projects.

    A Groove is a Terrible Thing to Waste! :cool: