I'm always a sucker for a good cover of Michael Jackson/Stevie Wonder's "I Can't Help It" and Esperanza Spalding's funky version featuring Joe Lovano from her latest album, Radio Music Society, does not disappoint. Now Spalding has released a video for the song with some additional... texture that seems to make a pretty interesting forward statement. That's all I'll say about that. You should see the video for yourself after the jump.
A couple of weeks back I wrote up a capsule review for the San Antonio Current--the prototypical alternative weekly in town –on Esperanza Spalding’s latest record Radio Music Society. You take the 90 seconds it takes to read here.
I reference this to set-up a fairly bizarre situation that played out shortly before I submitted the piece. I was working on some of the finishing touches via laptop during the Spring Fund Drive for our jazz station here in San Antonio, KRTU 91.7FM. In the large studio we use as Fund Drive HQ, affectionately (though not too cleverly) dubbed “Pledge Central,” we have a half dozen phones, fold-up chairs and enough catered grub for us to last the week. And of course, roughly 8-10 phone volunteers, who on this particular Tuesday afternoon, were milling around the studio looking for something to do while the phones weren’t ringing.
Last night, Esperanza Spalding continued her media circuit through the late night shows by hitting up one of my favorite appointment viewing shows of my nights, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Check out her performance of Radio Music Society's lead single "Black Gold" and "Crown and Kissed".
Last night was a pretty big night for jazz and late night television (unless you count the fact that the Saturday Night Live Band has always been a jazz band). Both the Robert Glasper Experiment and Esperanza Spalding were musical guests for late night talk shows-- Glasper & Co. on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Spalding on The Late Show with David Letterman. When the realization dawned on jazz Twitter yesterday, it created a bit of a Sophie's choice in what to watch considering both shows air at the same time. Fortunately, the videos of last night's performances are right here.