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Esperanza Spalding has conjured up '12 Little Spells'




Esperanza Spalding's latest album is titled
Esperanza Spalding's latest album is titled "12 Little Spells."
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All the Right Ingredients

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Esperanza Spalding is doing her best to redefine jazz. A bassist, singer and four-time Grammy-winning artist, her music blends jazz with elements of rock, hip-hop and soul. And her approach to songwriting incorporates elements of performance art — Spalding's sixth album, “Exposure,” was recorded in 77 hours and was live-streamed on Facebook. When she spoke with The Frame, she discussed her latest release, “12 Little Spells.” It’s a collection of songs composed using a form of alternative medicine called Reiki.

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What now for 'Empire' and Jussie Smollett?

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Now that charges against the actor have been dropped, the Fox Network must decide whether to renew the series for a sixth season and, if so, whether to invite Smollett back to the show. After Smollett was charged with instigating a hoax about being the victim of a hate crime, he was dropped from the final two episodes of the current season, which air April 3 and 10.  Another complicating factor: "Empire" is produced by 20th Century Television, which is now owned by Disney and could decide to part ways with the series. Guest host Steven Cuevas talks with Variety reporter Will Thorne.

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