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Esperanza Spalding, Barbican

Esperanza Spalding, Barbican

The Grammy-winner serves up a deliciously rich gumbo of influences

And the winner is... the preposterously talented Esperanza Spalding

The last time I saw Esperanza Spalding live, at Ronnie Scott's towards the end of 2009, the mention of her name would largely have been greeted with quizzical looks. Now, thanks to that astounding Grammy win for Best New Artist and a gazillion disgruntled Justin Bieber fans – seriously, you do not want to mess with those pesky Beliebers - her profile has soared exponentially.

Echoes of the familiar are stitched into the fabric of Spalding's music, and yet it never sounds anything less than utterly new

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