On the coldest night of the year enough people bought advance tickets Esperanza Spalding’s show was moved to the larger of The Egg’s two theaters. A comfortable-looking chair, lamp and table supporting a flower vase and bottle of red wine were set on a rug in front of the lowered curtain at the start of show. Fresh from recent performances with Joe Lovano (who performs at The Egg this Sunday), Spalding sauntered out onto this living room scene and slowly took off her scarf, coat and high-heels. After she poured a glass of wine she raised it to the crowd as her accompanying string trio of violinist Sara Caswell, violist Lois Martin and cellist Jodi Redhage began the first tune from behind the curtain.
“Little Fly”, the opening track from her third album of mostly original compositions “Chamber Music Society,” showed the audience what was in store that evening with Esperanza’s voice soaring before she even began pedaling the open E string on her bass. Each song from the record was performed Sunday evening – if you don’t own it yet go buy a copy!