Esperanza Spalding – Chamber Music Society

Chamber Music Society

Esperanza SpaldingChamber Music Society Heads Up International HUI-31810-02 (2010)

I bagged on Esperanza’s last album (Esperanza) because she followed a formula too closely.  Well, on this time out she certainly breaks from formula.  Now she dabbles in a mixture of third-stream and pop.  Problem is, she doesn’t pull it off.  The songs are too complex for their own good.  Cluttered.  It seems like she’s aiming for something a little more ambitious than she’s able to pull off as a writer and arranger, even if well within her means as a performer.  Oh well.