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With Allen Toussaint and Dr. John backing him on organ and piano, James Andrews presents the kind of fun-loving music that takes place in Preservation Hall. Not one to employ etude drills or carefully-articulated tonguing exercises, the trumpeter remains loose and lyrical. Similarly, his singing has roots in blues and trad jazz; it's music intended to entertain an audience with good old-fashioned down-home charm. The supporting ensemble is stellar; besides the keyboard leadership, the band includes drummer Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson, electric bassist Charles Moore, and guitarist Scott Goudeau.
"Sweet Emma," "Catch the Willie," and "Got Me a New Love Thing" represent the lead vocal style of Andrews; the band sings backup to his entertaining tales. "Banana Boogie," "The Old Rugged Cross," and "Going for the Money" represent the brassy, happy trumpet style of Andrews; the addition of growls and slight ending shakes serve to extend his emotive intentions. Like Louis Armstrong, James Andrews sings and plays the trumpet to entertain an open-minded audience. It's music from the heart of New Orleans, carrying with it the influences of a century.
Track Listing: Poop Ain't Gotta Scuffle No More; Last Night on the Back Porch; Latin Cats; Sweet Emma; Going for the Money; Got Me a New Love Thing; Banana Boogie; Catch the Willie; It's Only a Paper Moon; Your Mama Don't Dance; The Old Rugged Cross.
Jazz is a creative explosion of individual freedom and communication.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was a kid. My father had a music store.
The best live performance I ever attended was Kenny Garrett in Harlem, New York.
The first jazz record I bought was Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins.
My advice to new listeners is keep listening!