It's not often that I discover a new artist whom I find really compelling. I love bass, of course, and love "classic" chanteuse vocal jazz, a la Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughn, and more recently, Diana Krall. Esperanza Spalding is regarded as a prodigy, one of the youngest professors ever at Berklee (which I just visited in Boston), and her debut solo album has been highly praised. She does not consider herslef a singer, but she both sings and plays bass wonderfully. Here is a vid with some clips of her performing and an interview.