Category:   JAZZ CHOIRS
Composer:   Esperanza Spalding
Arranger:   Kerry Marsh
Publisher:   Self-published
Edition:   N/A
Voicing:   SSAA w/ rhythm section
Setting:   NA


Ryan Deignan
University of Minnesota – Duluth
R&R Chair Jazz Choirs

Virtuoso jazz bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding released this funk tune on her second studio album in 2008. With empowering lyrics and a sassy groove, treble groups will love it. The unique, angular melodies are compelling without being overly difficult, and challenge treble singers to exercise both their chest and head registers equally. Marsh’s arrangement sticks close to the original, with mostly unison and two-part writing. His website also offers many resources, including part learning tracks and high-quality rhythm tracks.