Thursday, October 18, 2012

Esperanza Spalding -- Still too stunned to write a review

When I saw Esperanza Spalding perform last year with Joe Lovano's Us Five, I stopped writing music reviews, because there wasn't one word I knew that didn't now seem trite and dull, when placed beside their sound.

I've tried to describe what I felt when hypnotized by the melodic twists and rhythmic bouts of unrhythm--I couldn't explain it. I just knew that when the show was over, when the lights turned up and I recognized that I was back in Carnegie Hall, my friend and I asked each other what the hell just happened. What happened? Did everyone else in their chairs feel that? Is this what real jazz is? Still stunned, I rode the train home knowing how rewarding the gift of hearing could be.