Track of the Day: 'One'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A reader writes:

Shifting bassline cadences pulled from the P-Funk playbook, a spaced-out Gospel choir, triumphant modal guitar solos—“One," the latest from Esperanza Spalding, is unlike anything the singer/bassist has put together before. It’s a prismatic blast of neo-soul, played by a virtuosic power trio that’s informed by jazz yet transcends it.

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