Healing Tones: Esperanza Spalding fills a musical prescription for the mind, body and spirit

“What do you need a song for?” That’s the question Esperanza Spalding addresses on her latest album, Songwrights Apothecary Lab (Concord). It’s also more than an album; the lab, as the project’s very detailed website states, is “half songwriting workshop, half guided research practice,” one that seeks to offer benefits to listeners based on specific

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