Esperanza Spalding presents Emily’s D+Evolution

Esperanza Spalding’s uncanny live performance of her luminiferous album Emily’s D+Evolution is a prog-infused romp that, despite its seemingly infinite threads strung across myriad media, genres, and decades, remains on-message and firmly rooted in contemporary jazz of the highest order. Spalding incorporates elements of mellow funk, brash bebop, and harmonious singsong anchored by bass lines that somehow never seem to play the same note twice. With moments of enigmatic theater, puppetry, and virtuosic screams beyond the stratosphere of free jazz, Spalding and her band/troupe build walls, scale them, and break them down.