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Esperanza Spalding Reviews

Jazz & BluesWorld MusicConcerts

Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.6 Stars)

Number of reviews: 7



5.0 star rating Sharon from Los Angeles, California


I think Rose of California was sitting too close to the front to have good sound on this show. You never want to be so close to a stage this small where the live sound of the band is more prevalent than what's coming out of the speakers. I was about 9 rows back and had no problem with the sound as most of what I heard came out of the mix from the speakers where everything was balanced and not too much from the live sound of the band. We looked at the positioning of the first few rows when we arrived in relation to the speakers and decided they were too close and out of the firing line of the speakers and as a result, the engineer's mix. The show itself was magical, I'd see it again in a second if I could

5.0 star rating Victoria Hall from San Francisco, California


Esperanza Spalding kicked off her tour with what can only be called an amazing show! I literally felt envious I wouldn’t be able to go to any of the other shows on this tour! Everytime I have seen one of her shows it has been a pleasure and I lhave left the show wondering what she would do next!! She didn’t disappoint. Do yourself a yourself a favor and see one her shows!

3.0 star rating Len from TORONTO


While I applaud Esperanza for being creative and innovative, the extravaganza felt like she was trying too hard. The music was interesting; I found I appreciated it more if I blocked out the garish visuals. The blue lights surrounding the band were an invasive eyesore. I did not like how Esperanza was disconnected from the band atop the absurd “swimming pool”. For me jazz is primarily an aural endeavour, one in which I like to focus on the music and the band. I hope Esperanza doesn’t go too far to appeal to popular music enthusiasts and leave jazz lovers behind.

2.0 star rating K from Sausalito from San Francisco, California


Love Esperanza’s work but — what was this? I read about her intent in advance and tried to see what she was going for. I walked out. Couldn’t hear the lyrics, she was off key or intentionally cacophonous. About the only interesting thing was the visuals - when lights weren’t blinding. I walked out. Such a fine artist - hope she gets this one of her system.

1.0 star rating Rose from San Francisco, California


The third piece and encore were the highlights of the show. This is my second time seeing her perform, the first was at SF Jazz which was spectacular. This show was a mess, the vocals were drowned out by the musical accompaniment. Although I personally didn’t get what she was going for in this show I think it would have at least been better if I could have heard her lyrics, the quality of sound was really poor and I was in the 4th row center. I wish her luck in future endeavors but this one did not work.

1.0 star rating Amalio Pratti from Massena ,NY


I was quite exhausted but engaged till the end for Spalding. She let me down! I wanted to see emotion translate to texture and color that didn't start - or end!. Woof. It almost felt like church. The message was long, and I feel guilty for loosing interest.

1.0 star rating B. Scott from Nashville, Tennessee


Went to hear a Jazz vocalist, but I was given avant-garde style music. Very disappointed, music too loud, band in one key, singer in another key, I couldn’t understand her lyrics and it was too cold in the building. I left during the break feeling stressed and overwhelmed.


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