Esperanza Spalding @ Spoleto

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by burgerdj, May 26, 2019.

  1. burgerdj


    Dec 4, 2006
    My wife and I spent a lovely night at an outdoor concert by Ms. Spalding and band as part of the annual Spoleto festival in our hometown of Charleston, SC. She was lovely, gracious and KILLED it on vocals, upright and EB. Her band was seriously talented, too. Unfortunately the crowd (on back to back nights!) were less than appreciative, with noticeable early departure by older generations early in the set. It clearly affected her and I feel terrible for the reception she received. I can only imagine that folks were not expecting something with a contemporary edge - but what would possess someone to go through the trouble of buying a ticket, finding parking, waiting in line, etc. just to get up after 15 minutes? Even if it was not the performance expected, wouldn’t you stick it out on the off chance that you discover something new? Read on:
    Esperanza Spalding casts her spells on the Cistern audience
    Esperanza Spalding casts her spells on the Cistern audience
    Last edited: May 26, 2019
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  2. mrcbass


    Jan 14, 2016
    Sacramento, CA
    For Esperanza, IMO, it matters which version of herself she brings. When she performs standards, I can't imagine anybody being able to walk away - she just captures every bit of attention I can bring when she's in that mode - great voice and presence and she does get around on that bass.

    But when she gets into her experimental/original stuff, I'm not so iinterested - not dissing her obvious skills, I just don't find it interesting to listen to and quickly grow bored. YMMV

    I have a similar "relationship" with Coltrane.
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  3. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Thanks for your review. I checked out the Spoleto Festival promo, a 12 Little Spells video was prominently featured. At least around here, tickets for any of her shows are very tough to get, and typically quite expensive. If I went and didn't dig it, I would hang and try to learn something, certainly. But due diligence on my part would be a given as well, I think. So, I curious about what your expectations may have been?

    The two most blatant walkout scenarios I've witnessed were at Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman shows in the mid-80s. But it was pretty easy to understand, since it was at the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle, back when tickets were less than ten bucks. Lots of folks took a chance that didn't pan out for them, which was a big part of what that festival was about at the time. Those were two phenomenal shows in my book though, especially the Ornette one. In both cases they went way outside, even by their standards. That's my jam, but it's always been a bit of a tough sell. [​IMG]
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  4. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Some people don't like music that challenges them, Esperanza plays challenging music. She’s the epitome of an artist, always changing. Some people just want ‘wine tasting’ jazz if you know what I mean.
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  5. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Jah, mon. At one of the old Mt Hood Jazz Festival shows McCoy Tyner put on a killer set to mostly crickets. But the all-star Getz/Brubeck/Gillespie set was all about the lowest common denominator, which was a little disappointing to me. But it worked for the crowd, so...

    However, don't get me wrong. Actual winery tasting room gigs were one of my main jams for nearly a decade. Somebody's got to play the wallpaper role. [​IMG]
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