IN TWO OF LAST YEAR’S LOWDOWN COLUMNS, I had a bit of fun introducing—well, re-introducing— Elton “E.E.” Bradman to the BP community. I was thrilled to bring him back as Senior Editor after seeing him sharpen his already acuate writing and editing chops at Rolling Stone, Vibe, Guitar World’s Bass Guitar, and elsewhere, and I was ready to feed, leech-like, on his passion for all things bass. Elton got straight down to business, bringing in what I consider some of last year’s best stories; his Thundercat and Norwood Fisher cover features are first-rate, and the work he put into just about everything else in the magazine is palpable. Perhaps you see where this is going. . . . Yes, I’m sad to report that Elton is moving on from the full-time BP fold. However, I’m thrilled to say that’s he’s doing so to pursue graduate study in music and sound design, and that he’ll continue to contribute on a freelance basis. I hope you’ll join me in sending a heartfelt “Namaste.”
“A New Hope” was the title of that first introductory column; funny that the Spanish word for “hope” is emblazoned on this month’s cover. Truly, Esperanza Spalding has lived up to her grand name, breathing new life into the jazz world, and shaking up the pop world while she’s at it. You shouldn’t need any encouragement to check out her latest, Radio Music Society, but in case you do … go get it now! Of course, there’s lots of other cool stuff in this issue, as well—I’ll leave it to you to peruse as you choose. Enjoy!