Triple threat Esperanza Spalding is an accomplished bassist, singer, and composer whose talent belies her youth. Drawing on jazz (she studied at Berklee College of Music) while also displaying genuine comfort with Brazilian music and obvious affection for R&B, Esperanza embraces diverse styles that seamlessly gel under her inclusive vision. Her swinging take on “Body and Soul” gives the classic tune a contemporary twist by way of post-bop underpinnings and Esperanza’s decision to sing in Portuguese, while her own improvisation demonstrates a virtuosic ability to scat the melodic lines that she simultaneously plays on her bass. If her easy interaction with the fine pianist Leo Genovese and guest saxophonist Donald Harrison (hear them mesh on “If That’s True”) reveals a sophisticated instrumentalist with a substantial career in jazz, the original songs (including “I Know You Know,” “Precious,” and the ballad “Fall In”) prove that Esperanza possesses the common touch as well, her light-toned, flavorful singing bringing all manner of material to vivid life. With the enviable ability to move in any musical direction she pleases, Esperanza is an artist to savor in the here-and-now and to closely monitor in the future.