Esperanza Spalding Shows a More Fully Defined Concept at the Paramount

The easiest criticism to make of bassist Esperanza Spalding, in previous years, was that her live shows didn’t have any overarching theme or direction. She’d mix a typical jazz repertoire — standards, rearranged pop songs, ballads with revised lyrics — with scattered pieces of Brazilian music, or songs that more closely resembled contemporary R&B. Audience members occasionally accused her of solipsism, or at the very least, of being more concerned with her own creative muse than with putting on a great show.

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