#3: Esperanza Spalding – Rest In Pleasure


This is the surprise of the year for me. Esperanza Spalding is probably best known for beating Justin Bieber to the Grammy for Best New Act a few years back, and she’s released a string of highly respected modern jazz albums. This year, however, she took a diversion through the worlds of Joni Mitchell, Janelle Monae and Stevie Wonder with her album ‘Emily’s D+Evolution’. By writing through the character of Emily, she has unleashed her inner funk, folk and R&B queens, and in concert with her jazz background and boundless talent, the results are spectacular. The album careers from one genre to the next, regularly blending them together at once, as on this thrilling single.


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