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 News Jazz 10/05/2019

Esperanza Spalding's 12 Little Spells Out Now Via Physical/Download Formats (Concord Records), Released With 4 New Song-Spells

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Today Esperanza Spalding has released her "truly intoxicating" (NY Times) new project 12 Little Spells (Concord Records). It is available in physical and download formats for the first time and arrives with an additional four new song-spells that were recently recorded. For this album, Spalding conjured a series of song-spells inspired by parts of the body as an exploration of the healing powers of art. A new music video, for "Lest We Forget," debuts today. Watch here:

Spalding will be live on Reddit today, hosting an ASK ME ANYTHING from 1-3PM Pacific Time.
She will also discuss the new project and her career with award-winning actor, playwright and professor Anna Deavere Smith at The Strand Rare Book Room in New York City on Friday, May 17, at 7PM:

12 Little Spells was first penned by Spalding while on a writing retreat at a castle in Italy. She recorded the album with her band in just a few days, and then released each spell with it's own video on her Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages over the course of 12 days. The videos have garnered a combined 4 million views and counting to date. In November and December she unveiled a completely new live concert - with a customized stage design, gowns designed for her by Diego Montoya, choreography and projected images - limited to just 12 performances.

After 12 Little Spells was released on streaming services in October, it appeared on several Best Of 2018 lists including NY Times, Rolling Stone and Billboard, and received effusive praise.

Order 12 Little Spells, including packages that range from signed test pressings and USB drives, colored vinyl and more:

Watch a recent performance on the public radio show Live From Here:

"Truly intoxicating"
New York Times / Top Albums and Best Jazz Albums of 2018
"[Spalding] is well over a decade into one of the most fruitful and strikingly original careers in contemporary pop…the conceptual hook of 12 Little Spells only hints at the radically inventive nature of the songs themselves"

Rolling Stone / Best Albums of 2018
Best Jazz of 2018 - Billboard
"Magic…pure imagination and also incredibly tactile" - NPR Music
"Spalding unearths a haunting, R&B-styled side" - Time Magazine
"'12 Little Spells' joins a long line of her goddess foremothers in their innovation" - Paste

"The sound of a woman conjuring the contradictions, beauty, strangeness, and power of her body is deeply moving and very possibly magic" - Boston Globe

"Pure magic" - Mother Jones
"Dazzling" - Essence
"Esperanza's most appealing album yet" - Brooklyn Vegan
12 Little Spells track list including 4 new bonus spells:
1. 12 Little Spells - Thoracic Spine
2. To Tide Us Over - Mouth
3. Til the Next Full - Eyes
4. Thang - Hips
5. Touch in Mine - Fingers
6. The Longing Deep Down - Abdominal Portal
7. You Have to Dance - Feet
8. Now Know- Solar Portal
9. All Limbs Are - Arms
10. Readying to Rise - Legs
11. Dancing the Animal - Mind/Brain
12. With Others - Ears
13. Lest We Forget - Blood
14. How To - Hair
15. Move Many - Joints
16. Ways Together - Shoulders

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