Album: Trombone Shorty, For True (Verve Forecast)
Friday 16 September 2011
Since Hurricane Katrina demolished New Orleans' musical infrastructure, there has been a committed reconfiguration of the city's brass-band tradition courtesy of young players like those in the Rebirth and Soul Rebels bands, among whom Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews perhaps offers the greatest crossover potential.
Shorty here offers an explosive blend of funk, blues and jazz right from the opening bars of the rumbustious "Buckjump", where Rebirth's ebullient horns ride an itchy fatback groove against 5th Ward Weebie's syncopated vocal expostulations. It also includes the first of Shorty's athletic trombone solos, whose slippery, rowdy character is set against the fierier contributions of guest guitarists such as Warren Haynes and Jeff Beck, the latter typically dazzling on "Do to Me".
DOWNLOAD THIS: Buckjump; Do to Me; Nervis
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