Tuesday September 12, 2017

Esperanza Spalding's improvised experiment: recording a new album live on Facebook

Grammy-winning jazz musician Esperanza Spalding is creating her new album in three days from scratch on Facebook.

Grammy-winning jazz musician Esperanza Spalding is creating her new album in three days from scratch on Facebook. (Carmen Daneshmandi)

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Esperanza Spalding wants to create music spontaneously, without the trappings of "what is going to sell" or self-doubt like "is this good enough?" For her next album, Exposure, the acclaimed jazz bassist/vocalist will walk into the studio with nothing prepared, and over three days she will create, compose, write, record, produce and finish an album in front of a live audience on Facebook.

It all begins today (Sept. 12) at 9 a.m.

Tom Power speaks with Spalding about why she's putting herself through such an intense process and why she feels it'll help her focus on what matters most: making great music.

Watch Spalding's Facebook page so you can monitor the progress of the project.

— Produced by Jean Kim