Chamber Music Society

Chamber Music Society is the third studio album by American bassist Esperanza Spalding. After Spalding's Grammy win, the album re-entered the Billboard 200 at number 34 with sales of 18,000.[10]

Chamber Music Society
Esperanza Spalding Chamber Music Society.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 17, 2010
RecordedOctober 2009
GenreJazz, Latin jazz, Cuban Jazz
Length56:15
LabelHeads Up
ProducerEsperanza Spalding, Gil Goldstein
Esperanza Spalding chronology
Esperanza
(2008)
Chamber Music Society
(2010)
Radio Music Society
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz5/5 stars[2]
Billboard73/100[3]
The Daily Telegraph2/5 stars[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[5]
Paste7.1/10[6]
Popmatters8/10 stars[7]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[8]
Tom HullB–[9]

A video was made for the song "Little Fly".[11] The song is a poem by William Blake set to music by Spalding.

A vinyl version of the album was released in February 2011. This version of the album included a bonus track titled "Morning" which was to be included on her Radio Music Society album.

Chamber Music Society was the best-selling contemporary jazz album of 2011.[12]

ReceptionEdit

Bill Friskics-Warren of The Washington Post noted "The mood throughout the album's 11 tracks is languid and improvisatory, with Spalding and members of her chamber ensemble weaving in and out of roomy arrangements that afford them as much chance to linger on a note as to take off on flights of melodic or rhythmic fancy. Their fusion of jazz, contemporary classical and other sources, including some understated funk, is as lively as it is original".[13]

Zachary Sniderman of Paste Magazine wrote "Spalding’s voice is the warm heart of Chamber Music Society. Her best songs are anchored by that core, despite some experimental slips into the jazz deep-end. Spalding does better carving out a soundscape than acting like a sonic bulldozer. Still, Chamber Music Society is a fresh, slender album that shows both Spalding’s immense talent and the heart within it".[14]

Track listingEdit

All songs written and composed by Esperanza Spalding, except where noted.

  1. "Little Fly" (lyrics: William Blake, music: Esperanza Spalding) – 3:33
  2. "Knowledge of Good and Evil" – 7:59
  3. "Really Very Small" – 2:44
  4. "Chacarera" (Leo Genovese) – 7:27
  5. "Wild Is the Wind" (Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington) – 5:37
  6. "Apple Blossom" – 6:02
  7. "As a Sprout" – 0:41
  8. "What a Friend" – 4:54
  9. "Winter Sun" – 6:48
  10. "Inútil Paisagem" (lyrics: Aloísio de Oliveira, music: Antonio Carlos Jobim) – 4:38
  11. "Short and Sweet" – 5:52
Japanese only bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."Midnight Sun"lyrics: Johnny Mercer, music: Lionel Hampton and Sonny Burke 

PersonnelEdit

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[15] 50
French Albums (SNEP)[16] 92
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[17] 13
US Billboard 200[18] 34
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[19] 11
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[20] 1
US Top Jazz Albums (Billboard)[21] 1
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[22] 16

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r1830209
  2. ^ Holley Jr., Eugene (August 29, 2010). "Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society". All About Jazz. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  3. ^ "New Music Releases". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on September 8, 2010. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  4. ^ Hewett, Ivan (September 1, 2010). "Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society, CD review". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Fordham, John (August 26, 2010). "Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  6. ^ Sniderman, Zachary (August 26, 2010). "Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society". Paste. Wolfgang's Vault. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  7. ^ Layman, Will (August 16, 2010). "Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society". Popmatters. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  8. ^ Kemp, Mark (August 16, 2010). "Esperanza Spalding Chamber Music Society Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  9. ^ "Tom Hull: Grade List: Esperanza Spalding". Tom Hull. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  10. ^ The Week in Music Sales: Justin Bieber Scores Second No. 1 Album
  11. ^ Littly Fly Music Video on Concord Records' Youtube Account on YouTube
  12. ^ (December 14, 2011). - "Billboard's Year Music" Archived 2012-03-17 at the Wayback Machine. - EsperanzaSpalding.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27
  13. ^ Friskics-Warren, Bill (1 August 2010). "Album review: Esperanza Spalding, 'Chamber Music Society'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  14. ^ Sniderman, Zachary (August 26, 2010). "Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society By Zachary Sniderman". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Esperanza Spalding – Chamber Music Society" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  16. ^ "Lescharts.com – Esperanza Spalding – Chamber Music Society". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  17. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Esperanza Spalding – Chamber Music Society". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  18. ^ "Esperanza Spalding Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  19. ^ "Esperanza Spalding Chart History (Digital Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  20. ^ "Esperanza Spalding Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  21. ^ "Esperanza Spalding Chart History (Top Jazz Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  22. ^ "Esperanza Spalding Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2014.