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[caption id="attachment_747" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Esperanza Spalding photo by Johann Sauty"][/caption] Release Weaves Elements Of Jazz, Folk And World Music With Classical Chamber Music Traditions Centuries ago, long before the advent of radio or recording technology, chamber music was the music for the masses – the music in which people from nearly every segment of society could find meaning and relevance. A decade into the 21st century, Esperanza Spalding – the bassist, vocalist and composer who first appeared on the jazz scene in 2008 – takes a contemporary approach to this once universal form of entertainment with Chamber Music Society, her August 17, 2010, release on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group.

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