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New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: Songs - The Music of Allen Toussaint

Read "Songs - The Music of Allen Toussaint" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

After a harrowing experience of administrative scandal, followed by near extinction, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of drummer Adonis Rose, rises phoenix-like from the ashes to release the first large orchestra consideration of New Orleans son Allen Toussaint. Songs: The Music of Allen Toussaint is a celebration of the late composer, featuring nine selections either penned by or associated with him. Toussaint is NOLA royalty, whose name exists in the same breath as Cosimo Matassa, the Neville ...

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New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: Songs: The Music of Allen Toussaint

Read "Songs: The Music of Allen Toussaint" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Allen Toussaint (1938-2015), a composer / producer who made his mark in the broad spheres of R&B, rock and roll, funk, country and pop music, may seem at first glance an unusual choice for a big-band jazz tribute. On the other hand, the New Orleans native never strayed far from the pivotal music of his home city, embracing and supporting jazz even as he found other musical worlds to conquer. So when vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater remarked to Adonis Rose, ...

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Adonis Rose: On the Verge

Read "On the Verge" reviewed by John Kelman

While rhythm is as fundamental to mainstream jazz as changes and melody, to denizens of New Orleans it's even more elemental. Drummer Adonis Rose may have left the Crescent City in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but it hasn't changed the approach he's honed on two previous releases as a leader--Song for Donise (Criss Cross, 1998) and The Unity (Criss Cross, 1999).

On the Verge brings back three collaborators from these earlier releases--trumpeter Nicholas Payton, saxophonist Tim Warfield and bassist ...

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Adonis Rose: The Unity

Read "The Unity" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

With enough fodder to serve as a thesis or research paper, someday someone will look into the correlation that finds trumpeters often serving as the most significant jazz leaders in the history of the music. Just dropping the names Louis Armstrong, Clifford Brown, and Miles Davis will prove the point. In more recent times we would have to add the names Roy Hargrove and Nicholas Payton. So what does this have to do with Adonis Rose? Well, Rose is a ...


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