Album: Trombone Shorty, For True (VERVE)

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Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has been slipping the slide in New Orleans since his trombone was taller than he. Hence the name. Now 25, he hasevolved a slamming, populist style ofensemble funk which owes plenty tolocal tradition as well as to rock andhip-hop. Loud guitars are everywhere,bucked by riffing horns, and the generalvibe is testosteronal and sleeveless.He is a rippingly good player. Guestappearances are made by Kid Rock,Lenny Kravitz and Jeff Beck.