After the charming acoustic set Chamber Music Society, and just-pipping Bieber to a Grammy for Best New Artist, bassist, singer and composer Spalding tries to breathe new life into the dead form of smooth jazz-fusion.
And nearly succeeds. She's a massive talent, still only 27, and the best of these 12 songs pop and fizz, smuggling micro-licks by Joe Lovano and others into the mix. She also does protest in the mordant "Land of the Free" and an Iraq war song. But the smooth wins out.Reuse content